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Canada’s Early Women Writers
Author Biographies in CEWW
Luella Bruce Creighton
Luella Bruce Creighton spent her adult life in Toronto where she published numerous stories while her children were young, before embarking on novels and historical narratives.
Lydia Agnes Edwards
In addition to publishing a volume of poetry, Lydia Agnes Edwards also wrote patriotic verse about the South African war.
Lydia Ann Appleton
Lydia Appleton was a teacher in townships near present-day Toronto, where she published her only book of poems, entitled Miscellaneous Poems, Moral and Religious, Written On Various Occasions (1850).
Lydia Blake Campbell
Although Lydia Campbell had little formal education, near the end of her life the Labrador Métis woman wrote an account of her early life that has now recognized as a significant historical document.
Lydia Brown Leavitt
A lifelong resident of Ontario, Lydia Leavitt issued three books, one of which was inspired by her visit to Australia iin 1887.
Lydia Jutsum Taylor
Lydia Jutsum Taylor spent five years in Canada, which served as the setting for her only book, a prize-winning novel.
Ontario-based writer Lyn Cook (b. 1918) is best known for her fiction for children. She also wrote many stories for CBC radio, some of them adapted from her own books.
There is little confirmed biographical information about M.A. Nicholl, who as "Stella," published Lays from the West (1884), a collection of poems regarded as the first volume of poetry written by...
A trained journalist, Maara Haas was based in Winnipeg, MB, where she published in many genres, including some work that addressed a Ukrainian-Canadian readership.
Mabel Broughton Billett
During the 1920s, Mabel Broughton Billett lived in British Columbia, which served as the setting for most of her detective fiction.
Mabel Burns McKinley
Ontario author Mabel Burns McKinley wrote a novel based on her missionary experiences in China, as well as four volumes of biography.
The first trained librarian in Ontario, Mabel Dunham wrote fiction and non-fiction based on local history.
Mabel Grace Burkholder
Based in Hamilton, ON, Mabel Burkholder was a well-known columnist and author with a particular interest in regional history.
Mabel Hodgson Gurd
Before her early death, Montreal-born Mabel Hodgson Gurd published two volumes of fiction.
Mabel Ray was an avid organizer of women's sports in Toronto, about which she authored newspaper articles.
Madeleine Alberta Fritz
The first woman in Canada to receive a PhD in the field of geology and palaeontology, Madeleine Fritz produced an extensive list of scholarly publications, many in association with the Royal...
In 1919, a woman known only as "Madeleine Blair" published an autobiographical account of her life as a prostitute in the US and a successful madam in frontier Alberta.
Author of many books of fiction and non-fiction, Madge Macbeth was a vibrant literary and social personality in Ottawa and the first woman president of the Canadian Authors Association.
Madge Robertson, the first woman to receive an MA from the University of Toronto, was a prominent journalist who was best known for her work with Women's Institutes, an organization that promoted...
Born in Wales and raised in British Columbia, Maisie Hurley established the Native Voice magazine in 1946.
Malca Friedman spent most of her life in Montreal, where she wrote poems and stories drawing on her Jewish heritage.
Malvina Copp Pasmore
Poet Melvina Pasmore spent much of her adult life in England before returning to Montreal in the 1930s.
Margaret Addison, the first dean of women at Victora College, articulated her advocacy of higher education for women in magazine articles and a posthumously published travel journal.
Margaret Adele Fairley
A prominent activist, Margaret Fairley edited and contributed to left-wing periodicals and also edited volumes of Canadian and British writing.
Margaret Adeline Brown
Margaret Agnew Blennerhassett
Margaret Blennerhassett temporarily lived in Montreal, where she published two volumes of poetry in the 1820s.
Margaret Arnett MacLeod
Margaret Arnett MacLeod spent most of her life in Manitoba, where her serious commitment to the history of western Canada resulted in many books and contributions to periodicals.
Margaret Avison spent most of her adult life in Toronto, where she was well-known as the author of intellectually sophisticated poetry.
Margaret Bell Saunders
Margaret Bell Saunders served as a war correspondent for the Toronto Globe in France and Belgium in 1915 and later published a novel.
Throughout her long life, journalist Margaret Bemister wrote for newspapers and published stories for children.
Margaret Bossance Boreham
After settling in Ontario, Margaret Bossance Boreham turned to writing poetry later in her life.
Margaret Clarke Russell
Born in England, Margaret Clarke Russell spent her adult life in Ontario and wrote primarily for children.
Margaret Dixon McDougall
Newfoundland author Margaret Duley achieved international recognition for her four novels.
Margaret Elizabeth DesBrisay
After her early death from tuberculosis, friends of Margaret Elizabeth DesBrisay published her writings in a memorial volume.
Margaret Ethelind Sawtell
Margaret Ethelind Sawtell, a military wife from the island of Guernsey, published her poetry in Montreal in 1840 to raise funds when she found herself suddenly widowed.
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Author Biographies in CEWW
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