This selection of writings by 29 women, known and unknown, professional and amateur, presents a unique portrait of Canada through time and space, from the 17th to the early 20th century, 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.
Publisher: Dundurn Group Ltd
Number of pages: 316
Weight: 481 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
Early Voices is replete with intellectually provocative commentary on womens experience of life in Canada.* Ontario History magazine *
During the holidays, theres nothing better than settling down with a good read and a hot cocoa, or something stronger, while the snow falls softly outside. Such a treat calls for a special book, and Early Voices: Portraits of Canada by Women Writers, 1638-1914 is just the ticket.* Telegraph-Journal *
The writings are often short but poignant, especially those which deal with the tough conditions in pioneer times.* The Kingston Whig Standard *
a splendid selection of the observations and experiences of twenty-nine women.* OHS Bulletin *
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 *
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