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Tupper, Kathryn Munro

Main entryTupper, Kathryn Munro
Birth placeOrangedale, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Birth date9 July 1885
Death placeToronto, Ontario
Death date21 January 1964
Birth nameKathryn Munro
Married nameTupper
Marital statusmarried
Religious affiliationAnglican
Paid workreporter, Nova Scotia Supreme Court; staff, Willard Hall (Toronto)
Other workclergyman's wife
BiographyKathryn Munro (1885-1964) received her primary education from the public school in Sydney, Nova Scotia and later took business courses at the Sydney Academy. She worked in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court as a court clerk, and in Willard Hall, Toronto, as a member of the office staff. In 1910 she married Reverend Joseph Tupper (1883-1937), who was also a writer, and subsequently had a son and a daughter. Always publishing under her maiden name, "Kathryn Munro," she won a number of prizes for her poetry. She tied for third place for the Macnab Poetry Award (1945) with "Old, Grey City," and also won prizes from the Canadian Literature Club, and the Canadian Authors Association (Nova Scotia branch). In addition to her five volumes of verse and a children's book, WHISKERS IN LILACTOWN (1934), she composed a number of hymns, including "Aviation Hymn," "Hymn of Peace," and "Dominion Hymn." A friend of Mariel Jenkins,* Kathryn died in 1964.
Honours and awardsSonnet Award for "The Reaper Wind," Alberta Poetry Contest (Canadian Authors Association, 1940); 3rd place for "Old, Grey City," McNab Poetry Award (1945); Award ($5) for “Retreat,” Canadian Poetry Contest (Canadian Authors Association, 1946); Sonnet Award for "Disobedient Garden," Alberta Poetry Contest (Canadian Authors Association, 1952); Honourable Mention, Canadian Literature Club Book Prize; Sonnet Award for "Ah, How Shall I Requite Thee?" Nova Scotia Poetry Contest (Canadian Authors Association)
ResidencesCape Breton, Nova Scotia (1885-); Kentville, Nova Scotia (1916); Toronto, Ontario (-1964)
Geographic regionsNova Scotia; Ontario
Primary genrespoetry; fiction (juvenile)
Other publicationsAnthologized in: Canadian Authors Association (Ottawa), PROFILE (1946); Canadian Authors Association (Toronto), VOICES OF VICTORY (1941); Carman and Pierce, OUR CANADIAN LITERATURE (1934); Creighton and Ridley, NEW CANADIAN ANTHOLOGY (1938); Roberts, FLYING COLOURS (1942)
OrganizationsCanadian Authors Association, Canadian Literature Club, Macnab Historical Association
Other artsmusic (wrote hymns)
Father's nameJames J. Munro
Mother's nameCatherine (or Katherine) Anne Macdonald
Spouse 1Reverend Joseph Freeman Tupper
Life dates of spouse 15 March 1883, Port Medway, Nova Scotia - 28 November 1937, Toronto, Ontario
Spouse 1 noteclergyman, Anglican; served as chaplain for The Royal Canadian Regiment in First World War; rector, St. Monica's (Toronto); wrote editorials, biography, history, and songs (Christmas carols and military hymns)
Marriage 1 date30 November 1910
Children number2
Children's names and datesVictor Munro; Dorothy Jean
Biographical referencesWHO WAS WHO AMONG NORTH AMERICAN AUTHORS 1921-1939
Bibliographic referencesPROFILE; Watters, CHECKLIST OF CANADIAN LITERATURE...1620-1960 (1970), pp. 200, 408
Research referencescomplete
Archival referencesseveral letters to Lorne Pierce, Lorne and Edith Pierce collection, Queen's University; several items, J.D. Logan papers, Acadia University; letter to Archibald MacMechan, MacMechan papers, Dalhousie; poem and letter, Tupper Kathryn (Munro), Special Collections, University of Calgary; letter, Walter Jackson McCrea fonds, McMaster University Libraries
Image creditsImage from Alan Creighton and Hilda M. Ridley, eds., A NEW CANADIAN ANTHOLOGY (Toronto: Crucible, 1938).
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