Lily Lewis: Sketches of a Canadian Journalist: A Biocritical Study
Canadian writer and journalist Lily Lewis is not a household name. In fact, she never was. The work Lewis is best known for-Montreal Letter a popular column which appeared in the Toronto newspaper The Week in the late 1880s-was written under the pseudonym Louis Lloyd.
In 1888, Lewis and fellow writer Sara Jeannette Duncan embarked on a journey around the world, sending articles about their travels back to their respective newspapers, The Week and the Montreal Daily Star. Lewis became immortalized as a character in Duncan's fictionalized account of their journey, but as a writer she has been almost entirely forgotten to history. Though Lewis continued to publish a variety of work up until 1912, her writing prior to and following her world tour has received no critical attention, and almost nothing has been known about her personal life.
Peggy Martin's painstaking research has brought new details to light. She examines Lewis's work in the context of Canadian travel writing and journalism at the turn of the century and discusses her use of the sketch as her preferred literary form. Part critical study, part biography, part edited collection, this volume provides new insight into feminist expression in the nineteenth century and reclaims Lily Lewis's place in Canadian literary history..
- Publisher: University of Calgary Press
- Page Count: 296 pages
- Dimensions: 5.0in x 18.0in x 7.0in
An important addition to the study of late-nineteenth-century Canadian writing.
-Michael Peterman, University of Toronto Quarterly < p>
Martin deserves credit for her detective work on Lewis, whose career started off in such a promising way, and whose life ended so sadly. p>
-Barbara M. Freeman, The Canadian Historical Review
This study promises to reposition Lewis in her milieu and to draw attention to a compelling body of work
- Cecily Devereux, University of Albertp>
Part One: Introduction-Recovering Lily Lewis
Part Two: Reading Lily Lewis-A Biocritical Study
A Tour of Switzerland and Italy
Around the World
A Summer in Paris
Lily Lewis Rood
Conclusion: Sketching a Women's Life
Part Three: A Selection of Sketches by Lily Lewis Rood
Principles of Selection
Our Paris Letter
Letters from Italy
Around the World By Ourselves
Louis Lloyd's Letters
Lily Lewis Rood
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes
Appendix A: Lily Lewis Rood, Chronology
Appendix B: Letters