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Canada’s Early Women Writers
Author Biographies in CEWW
Author of a single book of poetry in 1871, Susie Drury later became an active advocate of women's rights in Toronto.
Theoda Davis Foster
During her residence in Montreal from about 1834 to 1849, Theoda Davis Foster published her writings in Canadian periodicals.
Born in Brantford, ON, Theodocia Pearce overcame the crippling effects of childhood meningitis to achieve brief recognition for her literary fiction.
During the North-West Resistance, Theresa Delaney was taken captive at Frog Lake, an experience recounted in her only publication, Two Months in the Camp of Big Bear (1885).
During the North-West Resistance, Theresa Gowanlock was taken captive at Frog Lake, an experience recounted in her only publication, Two Months in the Camp of Big Bear (1885).
Best known for her various positions in the civic administration of East York (just north of Toronto), True Davidson was also a published poet and author of several books for children.
A lifelong resident of Nova Scotia, Una MacKinnon published one volume of poetry.
Valance St. Just Patriarche
Valance Patriarche spent much of her writing life in Winnipeg, where she worked as a journalist and published two juvenile novels.
Primarily an artist, Ethel Vaughan Grayson published two books for students on art appreciation.
Raised in Winnipeg's north end, Vera Lysenko wrote fiction and non-fiction about her Ukrainian heritage.
Verna Loveday Harden
Verna Loveday Harden spent most of her life in Toronto, where she published poetry and prose in numerous periodicals and issued three collections of verse.
Vida Mann is known to have published one play in 1937, the same year that she graduated with a BA from Acadia University.
Viola Whitney Pratt
Viola Leone Pratt, wife of poet E.J. Pratt, was an accomplished editor and an author of non-fiction, much of it relating to her religious faith.
Violet Alice Clarke
Violet Alice Clarke was based in Toronto where she contributed to newspapers and published her only book of poetry in 1919.
Violet McNaughton's publications related to her long-term commitment to feminist, suffrage, and reform issues in Saskatchewan.
Virna Stanton Sheard spent most of her life in Toronto, where she became a well-known poet and novelist.
The woman known as "Widow Fleck" published a booklet of poetry in Montreal in 1833.
Winifred Estella Bambrick
Winifred Bambrick won the Governor General's Award for fiction for her only published novel, Continental Review (1945), based on her experiences as a harpist, touring Europe during the 1920s with...
Winifred Mary Stevens
Winifred M. Stevens was born in England and spent her adult life in British Columbia, where she produced two volumes of poetry.
The daughter of a British father and a Chinese mother, Winnifred Eaton adopted a Japanese persona and became the first person of Asian descent to publish a novel in North America.
Zillah Katherine MacDonald
Nova Scotian Zillah MacDonald published several plays and many books for children.
Caroline Bieler Brettell