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Early Voices — Portraits of Canada by Women Writers, 1639–1914

by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Friederike Charlotte Louise von Massow

Publisher
Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2015
Category
Canadian, Women Authors
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    ISBN
    9781459734715
    Publish Date
    Oct 2015
    List Price
    $0.99

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Description

This selection of writings by twenty-nine women, known and unknown, professional and amateur, presents a unique portrait of Canada through time and space, from the seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries, from the Maritimes to British Columbia and the Far North. There is a range of voices from high-born wives of governors general, to an Icelandic immigrant and a fisherman’s wife in Labrador. A Loyalist wife and mother describes the first hard weather in New Brunswick, a seasick nun tells of a dangerous voyage out from France, a famous children’s writer writes home about the fun of canoeing, and a German general’s wife describes habitant customs. All demonstrate how women’s experiences not only shared, but helped shape this new country.

About the authors

MARY ALICE DOWNIE is a pioneering children's author of historical fiction, folktales and picture books, and is the co-editor of the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon award-winning book The Wind Has Wings. Mary Alice and husband John Downie also co-authored Honour Bound and Danger in Disguise. They live in Kingston, Ontario.

Mary Alice Downie's profile page

Barbara Robertson, now deceased, earned degrees in history from the University of Toronto and Queenís University. She was also the author of Wilfrid Laurier and co-editor of Ottawa at War.

Barbara Robertson's profile page

Elizabeth Jane Errington is currently dean of arts at the Royal Military College and also teaches at Queen's University. Her research interests centre on life in 19th-century Upper Canada. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.

Elizabeth Jane Errington's profile page

Friederike Charlotte Louise von Massow's profile page

Editorial Reviews

Some of the women writers were wealthy. Some were poor. Some wrote professional. Others kept journals. Together, they richly portray Canadas geography and early culture.

Road Stories

Replete with intellectually provocative commentary on women's experience of life in Canada.

Ontario History magazine

A splendid selection of the observations and experiences of twenty-nine women.

OHS Bulletin

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Tocsin

Early Voices — Portraits of Canada by Women Writers, 1639–1914

by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Marie Morin

Dairy Farm

Early Voices — Portraits of Canada by Women Writers, 1639–1914

by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Ella C. Sykes

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Early Voices — Portraits of Canada by Women Writers, 1639–1914

by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Nellie McClung

Caribou

Early Voices — Portraits of Canada by Women Writers, 1639–1914

by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Mina Hubbard

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by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Ishbel Marua Gordon

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by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Mère Cécile de Sainte-Croix

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by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Anne Langton

Ukrainian Prairies

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by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Maria Adamowska

Canoes

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by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Juliana Horatia Ewing