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Canada’s Early Women Writers
Author Biographies in CEWW
Fanny Dalrymple Redmond
Fanny Gwilt spent most of her life in Montreal and published much of her work under the pseudonym "Maple Leaf."
After excelling as one of Canada's foremost women athletes, Bobby Rosenfeld then became a major female sports reporter.
Fanny Wood Musgrave
Born in the West Indies, Frances Wood Musgrave settled in Nova Scotia where she was known as a social reformer and the author of articles and fiction.
Flora Isabel MacKinnon
After receiving her doctorate from the University of Toronto, Flora MacKinnon published several works in her field of philosophy.
Flora MacDonald Denison
Based in Ontario, Flora MacDonald Denison was an avid suffrage journalist.
Born in China to Canadian parents, Florence Wheelock Asycough devoted much of her life to interpreting Chinese culture. Her many writings include collaborations with her life-long friend, American...
Florence Daly Thompson
Florence Deacon Black
Florence Deacon Black was a pioneering Canadian journalist and a recognized poet.
Florence Edith Bevans
Often using the pen name "Jemima Remington," Florence Edith Bevans published stories and poems about pets.
Florence Elizabeth Westacott
A longtime resident of Toronto, Florence Elizabeth Westacott frequently contributed stories and poems to Canadian periodicals. Her only volume of poetry, The City Dweller and Other Poems (1935),...
A life-long resident of Saint John, NB, Florence Estabrooks published work in variety of genres, including poetry and family history.
During the First World War, Florence McPhedran spent several years in England where she worked as a correspondent for the Toronto Daily Star.
Phebe Florence Miller was known as the "poetess-laureate of Newfoundland" for her serious and humorous verse.
Florence Nightingale Horner Sherk
A lifetime resident of Ontario, Florence Sherk worked as a teacher and then as a journalist. She published several volumes of non-fiction and one book of poetry.
Florence Ralston Werum
Despite spending most of her life in the United States, Florence Ralston Werum retained her Canadian identity and published in many Canadian periodicals.
Florence Randal Livesay
The mother of Dorothy Livesay, Florence Randal Livesay was a Winnipeg-based journalist, poet, translator, and author of stories.
Florence Robina Monkman
The work of Ontario poet Florence Robina Monkman appeared in many periodicals and anthologies.
Florence Sarah Hall
Based in BC after her marriage to a Methodist minister, Florence Sarah Hall wrote many articles advocating temperance and women's suffrage.
Florence Steiner spent most of her life in Toronto and Winnipeg, where she was known as a journalist and a poet for children.
Floris Clark McLaren
Author of one book of verse, Florence Clark McLaren was a prominent member of the poetry community in Victoria, BC, where she joined with Dorothy Livesay, Anne Marriott, and Doris Ferne to found...
Flos Jewell Williams
Born in Ontario, Flos Jewell Williams wrote four novels after shen moved to Calgary.
Frances Jones Bannerman was better known as a painter than as a poet.
Frances Beatrice Taylor
Frances Beatrice Taylor published several volumes of verse while also working as a full-time journalist at the London Free Press.
British author Frances Brooke spent about four years in Canada, the setting for her novel The History of Emily Montague (1769).
Frances Browne Stewart
Upon immgrating from Ireland to the backwoods of Upper Canada, Frances Stewart recorded her experiences in letters that were later published.
Frances E. Herring
Frances Elizabeth Herring moved from England to New Westminster, BC, where she became a journalist and novelist.
Frances Ebbs-Canavan spent most of her life in Victoria, BC, where she worked as a journalist and published several books.
Frances Elizabeth Murray
The writings of Frances Elizabeth Murray, a life-long resident of New Brunswick, largely concerned her commitment to the Church of England.
Frances Fenwick Williams
Frances Fenwick Williams was a Montreal-based feminist and suffrage leader who expressed her views in her journalism and fiction.
Although Frances Gillmor was born in the US, where she became a university professor, she considered herself a Canadian due to her family’s roots in New Brunswick, where she spent the happy...
Frances Shelley Wees
A successful author in many genres, Frances Shelley Wees is best known for her many detective novels.
Frances van Hoogenhouck Tulleken
An immigrant from the Netherlands, Frances van Hoogenhouck Tulleken lectured about folk culture and crafts, and wrote a chapter for a book on Canadian crafts that was never published.
Francis Marion Beynon
Pacifist and activist Francis Marion Beynon is best known for her autobiographical novel, Aleta Day (1919).
Internationally known for her outstanding writings in French, Gabrielle Roy also published some pieces in English.
Georgina Binnie-Clark was an English-born journalist who recounted her efforts as a single woman homesteader in Saskatchewan in her best-known book, Wheat and Woman (1914).
Georgina Cecilia Mary White
Mary White was a well-known Toronto journalist during the first decades of the twentieth century.
Georgina Seymour Waitt
A life-long resident of Victoria, BC, Georgina Seymour Waitt published one book. Her novel Three Girls Under Canvas (1900), is an anecdotal account of the adventures of three independent young...
Gertrude Balmer Watt
Gertrude Balmer Watt was known for her editing of Alberta periodicals and her newspaper columns that were collected into her two books about the West.