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Canada’s Early Women Writers
Author Biographies in CEWW
Amelia Beers Warnock Garvin
Under the pen name of "Katherine Hale," Amelia Beers Warnock Garvin was well known as a journalist, writer, and active member of the Toronto literary community.
Amelia Etta Johnson
Born in Toronto. ON, Amelia E. Johnson became one of the first North American Black writers to publish a novel.
Amelia Johnston Weatherbe
Born into a network of distinguished Nova Scotia families, Amelia Johnston Weatherbe was known as a local poet long before she issued her only volume, Songs of the Valley and Other Verses, in 1921.
Amelia Matilda Murray
Lady Amelia Matilda Murray visited Canada in 1854 and included her observations about the country in her subsequently published book of travel letters.
Amelia Ryerse Harris
Amelia Ryerse Harris kept a diary about life in Upper Canada and published an account of her family's history.
Amy Clare Giffin
Born in Nova Scotia, Amy Clare Giffin published stories and poems in periodicals.
Born in England, Amy Parkinson spent much of her life as an invalid in Toronto where she published inspirational poems.
Amy Redpath Roddick
Amy Redpath Roddick was a lifelong Montrealer who published over a dozen volumes of verse, plays, and verse drama.
Gertrude Bernard, of Mohawk and Algonquin ancestry, was publicly known as "Anahareo," the name given to her by her partner Archie Belaney, better known as the faux-Native "Grey Owl." After Grey Owl...
Anastasia Mary English
A life-long resident of Newfoundland, Anastasia English published short stories and several novels.
Angeline Rose Hango
Angéline Hango published just one book, Truthfully Yours (1948), a light-hearted account of French-Canadian family life that won the Oxford-Crowell Competition of 1947 and the Stephen Leacock Award...
At the age of thirteen, Ann Bruyères wrote a poem in commemoration of the fallen General Brock during the War of 1812. Very little information is known about this author; this poem is her only...
Ann Cuthbert Rae Knight Fleming
Primarily an educator, Ann Cuthbert Fleming published instructive books for children as well as poetry.
Ann de Bertrand Lugrin
Ann de Bertrand Lugrin, who published as N. de Bertrand Lugrin, was a well-known journalist and author in Victoria, BC.
Anna Beatrice Smith
The poetry of Anna Beatrice Smith was issued in a posthumous volume in 1937, after she died of tuberculosis.
Anna Brownell Jameson
Well-known British writer Anna Brownell Jameson published an account of her travels in Upper Canada in 1836-1837.
Anna Buchan visited Canada during her brother's tenure as Governor-General and wrote positively about the country in her autobiography.
Anna DeGraf left a memoir of her life in the Yukon from 1892 to 1917 that was published posthumously in 1992.
Anna Leonowens settled in Halifax NS, after working as governess to the many children of the king of Siam, and recording her experiences in her memoirs.
Anna May Wilson
Anna May Wilson, who sometimes used the pseudonym "Anison North", was an Ontario-based teacher and journalist who published four well-received historical novels.
Anna Montreuil won the Quebec Literary Competition Award for her first and only novel, Dumb-Bell (1929).
Anna Peel Durie
After writing her first poem to commemorate the death of her son in First World War, Anna Peel Durie published several volumes of verse and prose.
Anna Rebecca Gale Hunt
Over the course of her life, Anna Rebecca Hunt published two novels and two volumes of poetry.
Anna Theresa Sadlier
Anna Theresa Sadlier, a daughter of Mary Anne Sadlier (1820-1903), followed in her mother's footsteps as a prolific author of Catholic fiction and non-fiction.
A lifetime resident of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Anne Alley published poems in the Charlottetown Patriot and issued one volume, Leaflets of Verse (1925).
Anne Elizabeth Wilson
Journalist Anne Elizabeth Wilson worked in many aspects of Canadian publishing in the 1920s. She was known for her poetry and her love of animals.
Anne Helena Woodruff
While residing in the US, Anne Helena Woodruff published three children's books set in her home town of St. Davids, ON.
Anne Langton emigrated to Upper Canada with her brother's family in 1837. She recorded her experiences in letters and journals that circulated widely in manuscript before being published posthumously.
BC Poet Anne Marriot lept to public acclaim with her first chapbook, The Wind Our Enemy (1939), and continued to write poetry throughout the rest of her life.
Anne Merrill, sister of author Helen Merrill, was a pioneer woman reporter in western Canada and an occasional poet.
Anne Murray Powell
The course of Anne Murray Powell's eventful life, from milliner's apprentice to judge's wife, is recorded in her copious letters that were published long after her death.
Anne Sutherland Brooks
Ontario-based Anne Sutherland Brooks was a well-known poet who often wrote for children.
Annie Beatrice Hickson
Active in community service in Montreal, poet Anna Beatrice Hickson contributed to many periodicals and issued one volume of verse.
Annie Bethune McDougald
A resident of Montreal, Annie Bethune McDougald wrote poetry that expressed her strong sense of patriotism.
In 1870-71, Annie Butler accompanied her mariner husband on a 13-month voyage from Nova Scotia to South America, recording her experiences in a diary that was later published.
Annie Charlotte Dalton
Deafness did not prevent Annie Charlotte Dalton from enjoying a lengthy writing life as poet, while living in Vancouver, BC.
Annie Fowler Rothwell Christie
After immigrating from England, Annie Fowler Rothwell Christie lived in or near Kingston, ON, and contributed poems and serialized novels to many different periodicals.
Annie Garland Foster
Annie Garland Foster spent much of her adult life in British Columbia, where she was variously a nurse, teacher, politician, and journalist. In 1931, she published the first extended study of...
Annie Glen Broder
Musician Annie Glen Broder made numerous contributions to the cultural life of Calgary, AB, where she was active as a journalist and published one volume of poetry.