Michael Ondaatje Biography

Author, Poet (1943–)
Michael Ondaatje is a Canadian novelist and poet whose best known work is the Booker Prize-winning novel, The English Patient.


Michael Ondaatje was born on September 12, 1943 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and immigrated to Montreal, Canada when he was 19. He published well-regarded poetry collections, including The Collected Works of Billy the Kid and several critically-lauded novels including, The English Patient which was cowinner of the Booker Prize in 1992 and was adapted into an Academy-Award-winning film.

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