Kathleen Jessie Raine was born in London in 1908, where she grew up; taking on a number of unsatisfactory jobs. Through one of her later jobs she met the nephew of the Indian mystic Rama Coomaraswamy Tambimuttu, who invited her to contribute to his new magazine, Poetry London, she did of course, and soon developed a lifelong passion for all things Indian.
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Isabella Valancy Crawford (25 December 1850 – 12 February 1887) was an Irish-born Canadian writer and poet. She was one of the first Canadians to make a living as a freelance writer.
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Corinne Roosevelt Robinson was born on September 27, 1861 in New York City, the fourth and youngest child of Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. and Martha Bulloch Roosevelt.
She began writing at an early age, through the encouragement of her friends, in particular Edith Wharton who helped critique her poetry. In 1911, she published her first poem, “The Call of Brotherhood”, in Scribner’s Magazine. Her first book of poems of the same title was published in 1912. This volume was quickly followed by One Woman to Another and Other Poems (1914) dedicated to her daughter, also named Corinne, commemorating the loss of Robinson’s brother Elliott and son, Stewart. Other volumes of poetry by Robinson include Service and Sacrifice (1919) dedicated to her brother Theodore Roosevelt, The Poems of Corinne Roosevelt Robinson (1924), and Out of Nymph (1930) dedicated to Charles Scribner. She also wrote the prose memoir My Brother Theodore Roosevelt (1924). In 1920, Robinson became the first woman ever to address a nomination convention speaking before a crowd of 14,000.
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Baroness Carolina Nairne (August 16, 1766 – October 26, 1845), a Scottish songwriter, was born in the “auld hoose” of Gask, Perthshire to Jacobite parents. Throughout her lifetime, she wrote various poems and songs, which she kept a secret from everyone in her life, including her husband, WM Nairne. Her works have been praised for their vivacity and eloquent style, and were often published under the pseudonym of “BB” during her lifetime mainly because it was not socially acceptable for women to write poetry at that time. She loved the Scottish countryside. She died in her family’s home on October 26, 1845, at the age of seventy-nine. Her songs are said to be second only to those of Robert Burns in popularity. Her legacy is also important because she adapted popular melodies and helped by so doing to preserve much of Scotland’s musical heritage, which would otherwise have been lost.
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Katharine Tynan (23 January 1861 – 2 April 1931) was an Irish-born writer, known mainly for her novels and poetry. After her marriage in 1898 to the writer and barrister Henry Albert Hinkson (1865–1919) she usually wrote under the name Katharine Tynan Hinkson (or Katharine Tynan-Hinkson or Katharine Hinkson-Tynan). Of their three children, Pamela Hinkson (1900–1982) was also known as a writer.
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Marjorie L. C. Pickthall was the daughter of Arthur C. Pickthall, an electrical engineer, and Helen Mallard, who had emigrated to Toronto in 1890 from England, when their child was about seven years of age. Marjorie Lowrey Christie Pickthall was born in London,England, the 14th of September, 1883, she achieved fame earlier in life than most poets. For a decade her poems and short stories have appeared in leading periodicals of England, the United States and Canada: and in the autumn of 1913, the University Magazine,Montreal, and John Lane, the Bodley Head, issued a volume of her collected verse, entitled A Drift of Pinions.
For once the reviewers and critics generally were of one opinion that the work was the product of genius undefiled and radiant, dwelling in the realm of pure beauty and singing with perfect naturalness its divine message. It was evident that a genius of a rare order had appeared in Canadian literature.
In 1913, Miss Pickthall was assistant librarian in Victoria College but the close confinement not agreeing with her health, she resigned and went to England to visit relatives. She was there when the Great War broke out and at once became interested in grey knitting and other matters pertaining to the soldiers. In 1915, Little Hearts, her first novel, was published and was very favorably received by the best critics.
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Moira O’Neill (1865- 1955) wrote under the pseudonym Agnes Nesta Shakespeare Skrine, and was born in Cushendun, County of Antrim, Ireland. She first married Walter Clermont Skrine, and was later married to Robert Keane; she had five children. She lived for some years in Canada, then moved to Rockport, County of Antrim, Ireland, and afterward lived on farm-estates in Kildare and Wexford, Ireland. She was mostly a recluse, except for close family contacts. Her poetry was published extensively in Blackwood’s Magazine, both poetry and reviews; her collections include “An Easter Vacation” (1893) and “Songs of The Glens of Antrim” (1901); and she composed words for tunes collected by Honoria Galway.
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Charlotte Mary Mew (15 November 1869 – 24 March 1928) was an English poet, whose work spans the cusp between Victorian poetry and Modernism. Through most of her adult life, Mew wore masculine attire and kept her hair short, adopting the appearance of a dandy.
Mew gained the patronage of several literary figures, notably Thomas Hardy, who called her the best woman poet of her day, Virginia Woolf, who said she was ‘very good and quite unlike anyone else’, and Siegfried Sassoon. She obtained a small Civil List pension with the aid of Cockerell, Hardy, John Masefield and Walter de la Mare. This helped ease her financial difficulties.
After the death of her sister from cancer in 1927, she descended into a deep depression, and was admitted to a nursing home where she eventually committed suicide by drinking Lysol.
During the 1880s, Pauline Johnson wrote and performed in amateur theatre productions and enjoyed the Canadian outdoors, particularly by canoe. Johnson’s first full-length poem, “My Little Jean,” written for a friend, was published in the New York Gems of Poetry in 1883. Johnson increased her writing, publication and performance of her poetry afterward. In 1885, she traveled to Buffalo, New York to attend a ceremony honoring Iroquois leader Sagoyewatha, also known as Red Jacket. She wrote a poem expressing admiration for the renowned orator and pleas to reconcile feuds between British and Native peoples (Gray 2002, p. 90). At a Brantford ceremony held in October 1886 in honor of Mohawk leader Joseph Brant, Johnson presented her poem “Ode to Brant.” It called for brotherhood between Native and European immigrants while endorsing British authority (Gray 2002, p. 90). This performance sparked a long article in the Toronto Globe and increased interest in Johnson’s poetry and ancestry.
Throughout the 1880s, Johnson made her reputation as a Canadian writer, publishing in periodicals such as Globe, The Week, and Saturday Night. Johnson was one of the critical mass of Canadian authors constructing a distinct national literature (Monture 2002), (Gerson 1998). The inclusion of two of her poems in W.D. Lighthall’s Songs from the Great Dominion (1889) signaled her membership amongst Canada’s important authors (Strong-Boag and Gerson 2000, p. 101). In her early literary works, Johnson drew lightly from her Mohawk heritage, and instead wrote about Canadian life, landscapes, and love in a post-Romantic mode reflective of literary interests shared with her mother (Strong-Boag and Gerson 2000, p. 101).
Source cited: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauline_Johnson
Jane Elliot (1727-1805), daughter of Gilbert Elliot, Lord Minto, wrote the words to The Flowers of the Forest.
Source cited: http;//www.scotsconnection.com/
Another source is a history of the Elliot clan and if you scroll down part way, to The Elliots and Stobe, there is a little more info: http://www.rpwakefield.freeservers.com/elliott.htm