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Canada’s Early Women Writers
Author Biographies in CEWW
Mary Loretto Weekes
Although born in Nova Scotia, Mary Loretto Weekes was best known for her fiction and non-fiction about Saskatchewan, written after she settled in Regina in 1914.
Born in Winnipeg but primarily a resident of the United States, Mary MacLane achieved notoriety with her controversial best-selling memoir, published when she was only nineteen.
Mary MacLeod Moore
Born in Quebec, journalist Mary MacLeod Moore moved to London and was especially noted for her first-hand coverage of the First World War.
Scottish-born Mary Maitland arrived in Canada in 1857. Here she contributed to many magazines and issued two volumes of poetry.
Born in Ontario and later a resident of Western Canada, Mary Matheson contributed her Verses to periodicals and issued some sixteen chapbooks of poetry.
Born in Scotland and raised in Montreal, Mary Morgan travelled extensively and published at least half a dozen volumes of poetry.
Best known as a Hollywood movie star, Toronto-born Gladys Louise Smith, whose professional name was "Mary Pickford," also published three novels, four volumes of memoirs, and several religious...
Mary Quayle Innis
Toronto-based Mary Quayle Innis wrote many short stories for Canadian cultural magazines as well as serious non-fiction, including a standard economic history of Canada.
Mary Rice Schooley
Born in England, Mary Rice Schooley settled in Vancouver, BC, after her marriage and issued a single collection of poetry in 1936.
Mary Sarah Snell
Mary Sarah Snell spent most of her life in New Brunswick and issued two volumes of writings despite losing her sight during childhood.
Mary Schaffer Warren
Well-known for her exploration of Maligne Lake, Mary Schaffer Warren published several articles and books about the Canadian Rockies.
Mary Sollace Saxe
Mary Sollace Saxe, long-time librarian at the Westmount Public Library in Montreal, published poetry, journalism, drama, and a children's novel.
Mary Stewart Durie
Some of the stories and poems by Ottawa-based Mary Stewart Durie were published in a memorial volume after her death.
Mary Woodworth Lorton
A contributor of many poems to the Canadian Poetry Magazine, Mary Woodworth Lorton seems to have spent most of her life in Nova Scotia.
Mary van der Mark
Mary van der Mark, the mother of writer Christine van der Mark, published a few items in periodicals.
Matilda Faulkner Churchill
Born in Nova Scotia, Matilda Moore Faulkner Churchill spent most of her adult years as a Baptist missionary in India and published an account of her experiences in 1916.
Matilda Maranda Crawford
Matilda Maranda Crawford published one volume of poems, some of which also apopeared in magazines.
Matilda Ridout Edgar
After her children were grown, Matilda Ridout Edgar turned to historical writing, much of it based on her own family.
Toronto-born Maud Allan, well-known for her daring dance creations, wrote about her art in her only book, My Life and Dancing (1908).
Maud Morrison Stone
Maud Morrison Stone's major publication was This Canada of Ours, an illustrated book for children that was also syndicated in major periodicals.
Maud Ogilvy published poetry and prose that reflected her origins in Montreal, QC.
Maude Abbott earned renown as one of Canada's first female medical doctors. She established a career as a practitioner and researcher in Montreal, teaching at McGill University and producing a vast...
Maude Elizabeth Paterson
Maude Elizabeth Paterson, who taught kindergarten in Toronto for 45 years, assembled A Child's Garden of Stories (1911), an anthology that includes much of her own writing.
Maude Gage Pellerin
A life-long resident of the Eastern Townships in Quebec, Maude Pellerin published stories of local history in the region's newspapers as well as several volumes of prose and poetry.
Maude Pettit Hill Beaton
Maude Pettit Hill Beaton published her first novel at the age of nineteen. A journalist in Toronto, she was an active member of the Canadian Women's Press Club.
Mavis Gallant spent most of her adult life in Paris, where she established herself as one of Canada’s most outstanding authors of literary short stories.
May Agnes Fleming
Born in New Brunswick, May Agnes Fleming was a prolific author who produced forty-seven popular novels, many issued as serials.
May Austin Low
A lifelong resident of the province of Quebec, May Austin Low published one verified volume of poetry.
May Isobel Harvey Drummond
After her husband died, May Harvey Drummond edited his work and published some of her own writing.
Mazo de la Roche
One of Canada's most popular novelists, Mazo de la Roche was best known for her enduring series of Jalna books.
Melba Morris Croft
Melba Morris Croft spent most of her life in Owen Sound, ON, where she published two volumes of poetry before writing many books about the region's local history.
Born in Quebec City, Melita O'Hara led a colourful life as a journalist and travel writer and later became an American citizen.
Mia Farquharson Douglas
After her death in 1937, some of Mia Farquharson Douglas's writings were published as a pamphlet.
Primarily a journalist, Mildred Low also published poetry and edited the Church of England Handbook.
Mina Benson Hubbard
Mina Hubbard became a writer only because her first husband's tragic death in the interior wilderness of Labrador inspired her to follow his route, a journey that resulted in her book, A Woman's...
Minnie Bell Adney
Minnie Blanche Bishop
Recipient of several university degrees, Minnie Blanche Bishop contributed poetry to many periodicals during her lifetime, and was commemorated in a collection of her poems issued after her death.
Minnie Hallowell Bowen
Minnie Hallowell Bowen spent most of her life in Sherbrooke, QC, where she was well-known as a poet and an active participant in community life.
Miriam Green Ellis
American-born Miriam Green Ellis established her career as a journalist in Edmonton. In 1922, she embarked on a career-defining adventure to Aklavik, NT, which led to many articles and public...
Miriam Waddington produced a large body of poetry and prose, much of which reflected her Jewish heritage and her left-wing political sympathies.
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