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

by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Catharine Parr Traill

Publisher
Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2015
Category
Canadian, Women Authors
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    ISBN
    9781459734760
    Publish Date
    Oct 2015
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    $0.99

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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

As one of the first voices to write from the wilds of newly-settled Canada, Catharine Parr Traill’s books continue to be considered important sources of early Canadian history. In particular, The Backwoods of Canada, first published in 1836, details the everyday life of Canada’s founding communities. Together with her sister, Susannah Moodie (who penned the equally historically significant Roughing it in the Bush), Traill became an important resource for settlers arriving in Canada during the nineteenth century. Continuing to write and publish well into her nineties, Catherine Parr Traill is celebrated as one of the first authors in Canadian literary history. She died in 1899 at the age of 97.

Catharine Parr Traill's profile page

Editorial Reviews

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

OHS Bulletin

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

Ontario History magazine

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.

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

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by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Maryanne Caswell

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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

Gold Rush

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

by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Mary Ann Shadd

Bees and Maple Syrup

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by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Emily Elizabeth "Mrs F.". Beavan

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

Caribou

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

Widowhood

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

by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Margaret Dickie Michener

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But That Has All Changed Now

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

by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Lydia Campbell

Exploration in the Rockies

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

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

Pioneer Girl

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by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Maryanne Caswell

Habitant Customs

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

Gold Rush

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by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Charlotte Selina Bompas

The Canadian Climate

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by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Mary Ann Shadd

Bees and Maple Syrup

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by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Emily Elizabeth "Mrs F.". Beavan

Winter Sports

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

Caribou

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

Widowhood

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by (author) Mary Alice Downie, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth Jane Errington & Margaret Dickie Michener

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