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An Extraordinary Ordinary Man

The Life Story of Edgar House

By Doug House & Adrian House
Categories: Autobiography/biography/life Writing, History, Newfoundland And Labrador Studies
Series: Social and Economic Studies
Series Number: 78
Paperback : 9781894725262, 252 pages, November 2015

Told in his own words, Edgar House’s life story gives context and depth to 20th-century Newfoundland.


An Extraordinary Ordinary Man recounts the life story of St. John’s native Edgar House, told in his own words in 1999. An introduction by his son—the sociologist Doug House—situates Edgar’s life story in the context of 20th century Newfoundland society and memoir literature. Edgar lived through the major historical events of the 20th century in Newfoundland, from World War I to Confederation with Canada. He knew and tells anecdotes about many famous Newfoundlanders, such as Joey Smallwood and Bob Cole. He was an esteemed educator, athlete, health administrator, and volunteer. Edgar’s wonderful memory and quirky sense of humour shine through in his many different stories about childhood in St. John’s in the 1910s, summers in Trinity, Buchans in the 1940s, sports, teaching, Rotary International, and everyday life in the city. A product of his time and social environment he, in turn, influenced many others through his purposeful, engaged life. Edgar House was truly an extraordinary ordinary man.


"[A] fascinating book about the life of a great Newfoundlander" 

- Bob Cole