(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Buckler, Ernest 1908–

Buckler is a Canadian novelist, short story writer, essayist, and scriptwriter. He creates a fictive world rooted in his native Nova Scotian village; characters in this microcosm are intricately drawn and psychologically complex. Buckler's fiction is characterized by its contemplative tone and frequent use of allegory. While critics have found some of his work to be overly obscure or verbose, Buckler's first novel, The Mountain and the Valley, is generally regarded as a minor masterpiece. (See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 11-12; Contemporary Authors Permanent Series, Vol. 1.)