Frederick William Cogswell

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Nicknames/Other names: Fred


  • Bachelor of Arts (1949) - University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada
  • Master of Arts (1950) - University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada
  • PhD (1952) - University of Edinburg, Edinburg, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Doctorate of Laws (1983) - Saint Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, Canada
  • Doctor of Civil Law (1985) - King's College, Halifax, NS, Canada
  • Doctorate of Laws (1988) - Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, Canada

Dates Employed: 1952 - 1983

Faculty: Arts

Department: English

Position(s) held:

  • Professor of English (1952 - 1983)

Activities/Contributions: Cogswell helped found The Fiddlehead as an undergraduate student and, upon returning to the university in 1952 as a professor, assumed the role of editor of the magazine (1953 - 1966). Alongside Al Tunis, he then founded Fiddlehead Poetry Books in 1954, publishing three hundred and seven titles by 1981 including works by Al Purdy, Alden Nowlan, Dorothy Livesay, Norman Levine, etc.

Notes: Having enlisted with the forestry corps during the Second World War, Cogswell enrolled at UNB upon returning from Europe in 1945 and was housed at Alexander College along with the many other returned veterans.

Cogswell was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1982. When he retired from teaching at UNB in 1983 he was designated the title of professor emeritus.


Montague, Susan. A Pictoral History of the University of New Brunswick. University of New Brunswick, 1992, p. 254.

  • Tremblay, Tony. "Frederick William Cogswell." New Brunswick Literary Encyclopedia. Saint Thomas University, n.d. Web. 27 August 2014.

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