John Buchan

1875 - 1940

John Buchan managed to juggle an extremely successful career as a writer with a even more successful career as a politician and diplomat. In 1935, the same year his perennial classic The Thirty-Nine Steps was adapted for film by Alfred Hitchcock, he was appointed Governor General of Canada. He died five years later, leaving behind over one hundred published books, including novels, poetry and short story collections, and biographies.