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Canada's Early Women Writers

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This static database presents biographical and publication information for more than 470 women who lived in Canada or wrote about Canada, and authored an English-language book or pamphlet of fiction or poetry that was published before 1940. It includes titles of publications and references to archival resources. Additional bio-bibliographical entries for these and other authors can be found in our current project at the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory. Basic information about over 4000 early Canadian women writers appears in the simplified Database of Canada’s Early Women Writers at SFU.

Directed by Dr. Carole Gerson, this project was initially supported by SSHRC, the University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University, with substantial research and editing by Deborah Blacklock, Sandra Even, Katrina Harack, Marjory Lang, and Carol McIver. In 2012-16, with additional support from CFI and SFU, the entries were completely revised and updated under the direction of project manager Karyn Huenemann with the assistance of researchers Lindsey Bannister, Nicholas Beauchesne, Rob Bittner, Mercedes Eng, Alison MacDonald, Linnea McNally, Kim Mulder, Daryn Wright, and Andrew Zuliani.

We are grateful for the assistance of staff in SFU Inter-Library Loans: Nancy Blake, Sonny Wong, Elaine Shu, and Vera Yuen.

Copyright is held by Carole Gerson. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). Please cite Canada's Early Women Writers. SFU Library Digital Collections. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada. 1980-2016.

For copyright requests contact:
Carole Gerson: gerson[at]
Karyn Huenemann: karynhuenemann[at]