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Louis  Arthur  Cunningham
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Source: University of New Brunswick


One of the most popular and prolific authors of his time, Louis Arthur Cunningham was born in Saint John, New Brunswick on 28 September 1900, the son of William John Cunningham and Sarah (McGrath) Cunningham. He earned a BA (1922) and MA (1923) from St. Joseph's University in Memramcook, and then he taught English, French, and Latin at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC (1923-24).

In 1925, Cunningham returned to Saint John to become a full time writer. He published his first story in the same year, and by 1927 had published his first novel, Yvon Tremblay. On 10 July 1929, Cunningham married Hortense Marie Mooney of Saint John.

Enjoying a long and successful career as a popular writer, Cunningham published twenty-eight novels and more than 500 short stories, as well as feature articles which were published in magazines around the world. As he was fascinated by the geography and history of the Maritimes, much of his fiction was set in the region, and his non-fiction articles included topics such as the history of Saint John shipbuilding. He occasionally used the pseudonyms “Merlyn Miller” and “Merlyn Swift.”

Louis Arthur Cunningham died of a heart attack at his home in Hammond River on 13 June 1954.

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  • “Louis Arthur Cunningham fonds, MG L13”, Archives and Special Collections, Harriet Irving Library, University of New Brunswick. (April 2009) Online 22 Dec. 2010
  • Cogswell, Frederick; Maillet, Marguerite and Nancy Miller Chénier. New Brunswick Authors/Écrivains du Nouveau-Brunswick. Ottawa: National Library of Canada, 1984.