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A look back at the life of Farley Mowat, from The Globe and Mail archives

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Carroll & Graf provided this photo of Farley Mowat, author of `No Man's River.'

Associated Press

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Copy picture courtesy of Farley Mowat. Picture of Farley and his dog Mutt taken in 1936 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Farley would have been 15 years old in this photograph.

Charla Jones/The Globe and Mail

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OCTOBER 10, 1973 -- Author Farley Mowat and his wife Claire made good on his promise to move to Manitoba if the NDP government was re-elected in June. Last month he loaded the family camper, wheeled out of Port Hope, Ont. and settled in the backyard of Premier Ed Schreyer's north Winnipeg home.

Winnipeg Tribune

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Farley Mowat plays with his neighbour's dog Riley while visiting the Mombourquette Touesnard Wharf near his summer home in Cape Breton.

Steve Wadden/The Globe and Mail

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Farley Mowat, and Fran Mowat (Frances Elizabeth Thornhill Mowat - first wife) and Sandy Mowat at Palgrave, (Ont.), circa 1957.

From book Farley: The Life of Farley Mowat

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Farley Mowat, in Richmond Hill, Dec. 1945: The veteran back home.

Courtesy Farley Mowat)

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Author Farley Mowat. Undated handout. Photo is date stamped May 3, 1990.

handout

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Farley Mowat is photographed in his Port Hope, Ontario home on October 13, 2010.

Peter Power/The Globe and Mail

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Picture taken on Nov.4/98 Author Farley Mowat hams it up for the camera. He said after the shot was taken that "THIS IS FOR CONRAD BLACK". He is not too fond of Mr. Black and company.

Tibor Kolley/The Globe and Mail

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Writer Farley Mowat stands next to a recreation of an ancient land marker used to navigate by ocean. Cape Breton. Sept. 18, 2006.

Steve Wadden/The Globe and Mail

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Author Farley Mowat, c. 1984.

John de Visser

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Farley Mowat, 89, says that with this last memoir he is finished writing. He is photographed in his Port Hope, Ontario home on October 13, 2010. He says he has two offices, one in his home, and one outside of his home, but nearby, which he calls his secret office. These photos were taken in this secret office, that he says he can now speak about. He has worked in this second storey office for nearly twenty years, but this is the first time he has been photographed up there in his recollection.

Peter Power/The Globe and Mail

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Picture taken on Nov. 4/98

Tibor Kolley/The Globe and Mail

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Writer Farley Mowat discusses his latest book at his home in River Bourgeois, Cape Breton. Sept. 18, 2006.

Steve Wadden/The Globe and Mail

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NOVEMBER 7, 1984 -- Manitoba Natural Resources Minister Alvin Mackling and Farley Mowat withi his cheque for being an idea man. It was 10 years late, but author Farley Mowat this week finally received his pay for work he did in 1973 for the government of former premier Ed Schreyer in Manitoba. Mr. Schreyer hired Mr. Mowat for $1 a year as his "idea man," in Mowat's phrase, to prepare proposals for his cabinet. Mr. Mowat, famous as author of Never Cry Wolf, A Whale For The Killing, People of The Deer and 24 other books with mainly a northern, wilderness, or maritime outlook, was to provide the government with plans to deal with northern problems and to address cultural issues. For eight months in 1973 he parked his trailer in the Schreyers' back yard in Winnipeg ("I used to go to Ed and Lily's house when I needed to take a bath"). And he wrote 15 proposals, all of which, he claims, made their way to the cabinet.

Larry Krotz

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Farley Mowat, 89, says that with this last memoir he is finished writing. He is photographed in his Port Hope, Ontario home on October 13, 2010. He says he has two offices, one in his home, and one outside of his home, but nearby, which he calls his secret office. These photos were taken in this secret office, that he says he can now speak about. He has worked in this second storey office for nearly twenty years, but this is the first time he has been photographed up there in his recollection.

Peter Power/The Globe and Mail

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Author Farley Mowat with his wife and fellow author Claire. Photo taken April 7/98.

Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

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Writer Farley Mowat walks along a stretch of beach near his home in River Bourgeois, Cape Breton. Cape Breton. Sept. 18, 2006.

Steve Wadden/The Globe and Mail

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Farley Mowat, 89, says that with this last memoir he is finished writing. He is photographed in his Port Hope, Ontario home on October 13, 2010. He says he has two offices, one in his home, and one outside of his home, but nearby, which he calls his secret office. These photos were taken in this secret office, that he says he can now speak about. He has worked in this second storey office for nearly twenty years, but this is the first time he has been photographed up there in his recollection.

Peter Power/The Globe and Mail

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In Italy, near Ortona 1943 as Farley Mowat as Platoon Commander with the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment. Ortona was the battle that 'cost the regiment a third of its fighting men, killed or wounded in body or in spirit.'

Courtesy Farley Mowat

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Writer Farley Mowat plays with his dog Chester saying "you want the duck?" on a beach near their property in River Bourgeois, Cape Breton. Sept. 18, 2006.

Steve Wadden/The Globe and Mail

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Saturday Night magazine cover from May 1996 featuring photo of Farley Mowat with elongated nose.

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Farley Mowat, 89, says that with this last memoir he is finished writing. He is photographed in his Port Hope, Ontario home on October 13, 2010. He says he has two offices, one in his home, and one outside of his home, but nearby, which he calls his secret office. These photos were taken in this secret office, that he says he can now speak about. He has worked in this second storey office for nearly twenty years, but this is the first time he has been photographed up there in his recollection. He also still types all of his writing....with two fingers, on his old Underwood typewriter.

Peter Power/The Globe and Mail

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Picture taken on Nov.18/04

Tibor Kolley/The Globe and Mail

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Books illustration. Farley Mowat and Claire Mowat, authors.

Anthony Jenkins/The Globe and Mail

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FEBRUARY 6, 1958 -- Author Farley Mowat with son Sandy outside their log cabin near Palgrave, Ontario. At 20 months, Sandy tries stepping into his father's boots.

Erik Christensen/The Globe and Mail

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Farley Mowat is photographed in his Port Hope, Ontario home on October 13, 2010.

Peter Power/The Globe and Mail

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During the photo shoot, the photographer asked Farley to lean a little towards the camera, and he suddenly made a quick lunge. This is the result. Picture taken on Nov.18/04

Tibor Kolley/The Globe and Mail

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Author Farley Mowat is shown in an Aug.16, 2007 handout photo. Mowat is donating 80 hectares of coastal land in Cape Breton to a nature preservation group in Nova Scotia.

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FEBRUARY 6, 1958 -- Author Farley Mowat and his wife Frances at home together in their log cabin. The young couple built the log cabin themselves on their 10 acres property -- largely swamp -- near Palgrave, Ontario. There are no mortgage worries when you build your own house, says builder Mowat.

Erik Christensen/The Globe and Mail

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Farley Mowat is photographed in his Port Hope, Ontario home on October 13, 2010.

Peter Power/The Globe and Mail

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At the end of the photo shoot, Farley puts on his glasses. Picture taken on Nov.18/04

Tibor Kolley/The Globe and Mail

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Copy picture courtesy of Farley Mowat. Picture of Farley in and his dog Mutt taken either 1938/39 which would have made Farley 17 or 18 years old in this photograph. His loyal companion "Mutt" who was about 9 or 10 years old and later died that same year when he was hit by a car. Farley Mowat recalls how sad he was to lose his friend.

Charla Jones/The Globe and Mail

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FARLEY MOWAT IN THE BATH -- Farley Mowat enjoys a leisurely read while taking a bath in his book-lined bathroom at home in Toronto. Undated handout (photo is date stamped April 1972).

handout

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Farley Mowat is photographed in his Port Hope, Ontario home on October 13, 2010.

Peter Power/The Globe and Mail

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Author Farley Mowat. Production still from "In Search of Farley Mowat", 1981.

National Film Board of Canada

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Author Farley Mowat. Production still from "In Search of Farley Mowat", 1981.

National Film Board of Canada

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February 4, 1953. Farley Mowat, left, and journalist Bill Boss (William Boss) compare beards.

The Globe and Mail

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FEBRUARY 6, 1958 -- Author Farley Mowat, his wife Frances and children, Sandy and David play in the snow outside their log cabin in the winter of 1958. The young couple built the log cabin themselves on their 10 acres property -- largely swamp -- near Palgrave, Ontario.

Erik Christensen/The Globe and Mail

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FEBRUARY 6, 1958. Author Farley Mowat with his two sons and wife Frances in their log cabin home near Palgrave, Ontario.

Erik Christensen/The Globe and Mail

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FEBRUARY 6, 1958 -- Author Farley Mowat outside his log cabin home near Palgrave, Ontario.

Erik Christensen/The Globe and Mail

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Copy picture courtesy of Farley Mowat. Picture of Farley and a young coyote in Saskatchewan in 1939. Farley would have been 18 years old in this photograph. He bought the coyote from "a lad at a service station in Northern Saskatchewan for one dollar." Farley named the coyote "Fang" and took him back to Ontario with him. "Fang" soon escaped once they were back in Ontario and according to Farley Mowat, may have been responsible for the coyote population in Southern Ontario.

Charla Jones/The Globe and Mail

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FEBRUARY 6, 1958 -- Farley Mowat at home near Palgrave, Ontario. In his writing hut, the author scans part of a manuscript of a forthcoming book.

Erik Christensen/The Globe and Mail

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Claire Mowat and Farley Mowat.

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Copy picture courtesy of Farley Mowat. Picture of Farley with a reflex graflex camera with a friend of his in 1939 at the Richmond Hill High School that he attended. Farley would have been 18 years old in this photograph and was the photographer for the school yearbook.

Charla Jones/The Globe and Mail

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FEBRUARY 6, 1958 -- Author Farley Mowat plays with son Sandy (age 20 months) outside their log cabin near Palgrave, Ontario.

Erik Christensen/The Globe and Mail

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FEBRUARY 6, 1958. Author Farley Mowat smoking a pipe in his log cabin home near Palgrave, Ontario.

Erik Christensen/The Globe and Mail

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Copy picture courtesy of Farley Mowat. Picture of Farley (foreground) with his mother and father. Don't have the year for this photograph, but he assumed it would have been 1938/39 so he would have been 17 or 18 years old.

Charla Jones/The Globe and Mail

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FEBRUARY 6, 1958 -- Author Farley Mowat, his wife Frances and children, David and Sandy (smaller child) take a walk in the snow outside their log cabin. The young couple built the log cabin themselves on their 10 acres property -- largely swamp -- near Palgrave, Ontario.

Erik Christensen/The Globe and Mail

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04/05/00 Farley Mowat in his home office reading the year old paper he started up in Port Hope, The Crier.

Patti Gower/Globe and Mail

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FEBRUARY 6, 1958. Author Farley Mowat smoking a pipe in his log cabin home near Palgrave, Ontario.

Erik Christensen/The Globe and Mail

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Copy picture courtesy of Farley Mowat. Picture of Farley in 1934 when he was 13 years old holding a field mouse.

Charla Jones/The Globe and Mail

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FEBRUARY 6, 1958 -- Author Farley Mowat at home near Palgrave, Ontario. The author sharpens a pencil in his writing hut.

Erik Christensen/The Globe and Mail

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May 4, 2000. Author Farley Mowat in his home office reading the year-old-paper he started up in Port Hope, The Crier.

Patti Gower/GLOBE AND MAIL

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Farley Mowat, in 1945.

Courtesy Farley Mowat

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Oct 30, 2008 - Portrait of Farley Mowat and a fake zebra as they sit on a chair in his living room in Port Hope.

Charla Jones/The Globe and Mail

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FEBRUARY 6, 1958 -- Author Farley Mowat, pipe in hand, outside his log cabin near Palgrave, Ontario.

Erik Christensen/The Globe and Mail

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Farley Mowat, 1948

From Farley: The Life of Farley Mowat

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Farley Mowat, in England spring of 1943.

Courtesy Farley Mowat

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Oct 30, 2008 - Farley Mowat receives a lick from his loyal companion Chester as his other companion Claire Mowat looks on, in the couple's living room in Port Hope.

Charla Jones/The Globe and Mail

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FEBRUARY 6, 1958 -- Author Farley Mowat and dog Kipnik play in the snow outside his log cabin near Palgrave, Ontario.

Erik Christensen/The Globe and Mail

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