Edward Morley Callaghan (KAL-uh-han) was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to parents who were Roman Catholics of Irish descent. He attended public school, Riverdale Collegiate, and St. Michael’s College of the University of Toronto. While in college, he did well in his studies, debated, boxed, played baseball and hockey, and was a part-time reporter on the Toronto Daily Star. In 1923, he met Ernest Hemingway, who was the European correspondent for the Toronto Star Weekly and who encouraged Callaghan’s ambition to become a writer. After earning his B.A. in 1925, Callaghan attended Osgoode Law School in Toronto.
In 1926, he published two short stories and began to receive encouragement from the American literary figures Robert McAlmon and Ezra Pound. Callaghan visited New York City and met several important writers. Through the good offices of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Callaghan in 1928 met Maxwell Perkins, the brilliant editor at the publishing house of Charles Scribner’s Sons in New York. Perkins became his loyal adviser, bought three of his stories for Scribner’s Magazine, and accepted his novel Strange Fugitive (1928) and a collection of stories called A Native Argosy (1929). His short story “A Country Passion,” about a couple’s frustrations, was republished in The Best Stories of 1928. This was the first of many Callaghan pieces that were honored in The Best Stories series. Though called to the bar in 1928, Callaghan never practiced law.
In 1929, Callaghan married his college sweetheart, Loretto Florence Dee, and spent seven delightful months with her in Paris; much later, he reminisced in That Summer in Paris:...
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