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Canada’s Early Women Writers
Author Biographies in CEWW
Laura Vivian Belvadere Arnett
During the 1930s, Laura Vivian Belvadere Arnett contributed poems to a number of venues before issuing several collections of her verse many decades later.
Lenore Alexandra Pratt
Lenore Pratt, who grew up in Ontario and lived for a time in Newfoundland, was a well-recognized poet during the 1940s and 1950s.
After she was widowed, Lereine Katherine Ballantyne turned to writing to support her family and published in many genres.
Lesley Drummond Ross
Lesley Drummond Ross was a lifelong resident of Montreal, where she published a play and some poetry.
Artist Lesley Sirluck both illustrated and wrote magazine stories as well as a book for children.
Leslie Grant Scott
After marrying a Canadian, American-born Leslie Grant published her only book in Canada, and later lived in Ottawa.
Letitia MacTavish Hargrave
Scottish-born Letitia Hargrave, one of the first European women to live in the Canadian North, described her experiences in letters that were later published.
Letitia Youmans was a prominent Canadian temperance reformer who recounted her experiences in her published autobiography.
Lilian Fortier Taylor
Lilian Fortier Taylor contributed poetry to newspapers across Canada and published two volumes of verse.
Born in England, Lillian Leveridge became an active poet later in life.
Lilian Mary Faithfull
An English teacher and social reformer, Lillian Mary Faithfull visited Canada on a speaking tour in the early 1920s and included many observations about the country in her subsequent autobiography.
Lilian Vaux MacKinnon
One of the first women graduates of Queen's University, Lillian Vaux MacKinnon later preserved her experiences in her only novel, Miriam of Queen's (1921).
Lilla Stewart Nease
Lilla Stewart Dunlap Nease wrote journalism, poetry, and fiction throughout a long life that took her to various residences in Ontario and Western Canada.
Lillian Beynon Thomas
Lillian Beynon Thomas was a suffrage activist in Manitoba as well as the author of many poems, stories, and plays.
Lillian Coo was a pioneer sports journalist in Winnipeg.
Lillie A. MacMillan Brooks
Based in Toronto, Lillie A. Brooks contributed articles and poetry to many periodicals and issued four collections of her verse.
Lily Adams Beck
Globe-trotting Lily Adams Beck settled in Victoria in 1919 where she then wrote over thirty-five books, some reflecting her interest in Buddhism.
Lily Alice Cooke Lefevre
Lily Alice Lefevre spent her adult life in Vancouver, BC, where she was a patron of the arts and published several volumes of poetry.
Lily E.F. Barry enjoyed a busy career as a Montreal-based journalist, poet, short-story writer, and social activist.
Born into a large and prominent Montreal family, Lily Dougall wrote many novels and works of non-fiction that reflect her Christian commitments.
Lily Lewis was the Montreal-based journalist who travelled around the world with Sara Jeannette Duncan in 1888-89.
Lily Rosenberg Richler
The mother of author Mordecai Richler, Lily Rosenberg Richler published some articles in the 1930s and an autobiographical memoir in 1981.
Lizzie Estabrooks Palmer
A lifelong resident of New Brunswick, Lizzie Estabrooks Palmer expressed her religious feelings in her only book of poetry, The Selected Poems of Lizzie E. Palmer (1889).
Lois A. Hunter Gilpin
Both an artist and a writer, Lois Gilpin self-published two pamphlets of poetry in Vancouver.
After beginning as a poet in her student days, Toronto-based Lois Darroch went on to write several novels and biographies.
While working for many years in the library at Queen's University in Kingston, Lois Saundrs contributed to periodicals and published a book of translated poems.
Loretta Leonard Shaw
From her home base of Saint John, NB, Loretta Leonard Shaw became a missionary in Japan. Her experiences were documented in her book, Japan in Transition (1922), and many articles.
After getting her start in Edmonton, AB, Lotta Dempsey became a prominent print and radio journalist in Toronto.
Lottie Plewes McAlister expressed her support for temperance reform and women’s suffrage in her only novel, Clipped Wings (1899).
During the last decades of the nineteenth century, Louisa Murray was well known for her contributions to periodicals and for serialized novels that were never issued in book form.
Louise McKinney, best known as one of the "Famous Five," published many of her speeches as well as some articles written for Canadian periodicals.
Louise Morey Bowman
Louise Morey Bowman was one of the first Canadians to write imagist poetry.
Louise Palmer Heaven
At the end of the nineteenth century, American author Louise Heaven lived in Toronto, where she supported the George P. Morang publishing house, which issued her final novel in 1901.
Louise Richardson Rorke
Louise Rorke was an Ontario teacher whose books were mostly intended for children.
Lucia Clark Markham
Poet Lucia Clark Markham spent most of her life in Lexington, KY, and was also a member of the Vancouver Poetry Society.
Lucy Ann Bagnall
Lucy Bagnall published books about history that reflect her work as a teacher and as a Baptist missionary.
Lucy Betty McRaye
Best known as a child performer and later as Mrs. Walter McRaye, Lucy Webling occasionally published poetry and fiction.
Lucy Gertrude Clarkin
Lucy Gertrude Clarkin of Charlottetown, PEI, wrote poetry and prose that reflected her Catholic piety.
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables (1908) and many other books, remains one of Canada’s best-known writers at home and abroad.
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Author Biographies in CEWW
Author Biographies in CEWW