Novelist and essayist John Hugh MacLennan died in Montreal (b. 1907 in Glace Bay). His family moved to Halifax when he was seven. He was educated at the Halifax Academy and Dalhousie University, attended Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, and later Princeton. He worked as a professor of English at McGill, but by 1945 he began writing full-time, winning five Governor General’s Awards. Some of his noted novels include Barometer Rising (1941), set during the Halifax Explosion of 1917; Two Solitudes (1945); Each Man’s Son (1951); and The Watch That Ends the Night (1957), from which this except comes: “But that night as I drove back from Montreal, I at least discovered this: that there is no simple explanation for anything important any of us do, and that the human tragedy, or the human irony, consists in the necessity of living with the consequences of actions performed under the pressure of compulsions so obscure we do not and cannot understand them.” (Image: Graduating photo of Hugh MacLennan. N.S. Archives.)