Author: Sinclair Ross

Profile: Sinclair Ross was a Canadian author and banker. He was born in a homestead near Shellbrook, Saskatchewan, Canada and died in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Sinclair Ross’s genre is fiction.  His most notable and best known work is As For Me and My House.

His parents left each other when he was seven after which he spent his whole childhood on different farms. He studied at the school in Indian Head, Saskatchewan. After Grade 11 he left school and joined the Union Bank of Canada which after a year became part of the Royal Bank of Canada. Initially Sinclair Ross worked in Saskatchewan in various small towns and in 1933 moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba and in 1946 to Montreal, Quebec before which he spent 4 years in the Canadian Army during World War II. Till his retirement in 1968 he continued to remain with the Royal Bank after which he lived in Greece, Spain and then moved to Vancouver, to a nursing home where he lived till the time of his death.

Writing style: Sinclair Ross wrote short fiction and novels about life prevalent on the Canadian prairies. His subject of work is the Canadian prairies.

Published Texts:



1941 – As For Me and My House

1958 – The Well

1970 – Whir of Gold

1974 – Sawbones Memorial

Short Stories

1938 – The Lamp at Noon and other stories

·        One’s a Heifer

·        The Painted Door

·        The Lamp at Noon

·        Cornet At Night

·        A Field of Wheat

·        A Day with Pegasus

·        Nell

·        The Outlaw


Awards and Acknowledgements:

Order of Canada is his most notable awards

Atlantis Films adapted, ‘The Painted Door’, his short story as the short film, ‘The Painted Door’ which was a nominee for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 1985 at the 57th Academy Awards

Saskatchewan readers and artists have erected a monument with a bronze statue sculpted by Joe Fafard, in his honor in Indian Head