Pauline Johnson: Selected Poetry and Prose

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Pauline Johnson was an unusual and unique presence on the literary scene during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Part Mohawk and part European, she was a compelling female voice in the midst of an almost entirely male writing community. Having discovered her talent for public recitation of poetry, Johnson relied on her ancestry and gender to establish an international reputation for her stage performances, during which she appeared in European and native costume. These poems were later collected under the ...

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Overview

Pauline Johnson was an unusual and unique presence on the literary scene during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Part Mohawk and part European, she was a compelling female voice in the midst of an almost entirely male writing community. Having discovered her talent for public recitation of poetry, Johnson relied on her ancestry and gender to establish an international reputation for her stage performances, during which she appeared in European and native costume. These poems were later collected under the title of Flint and Feather (1912) and form the source of the selections appearing in this volume.

Later, suffering from ill health, Pauline Johnson retired from the stage and devoted herself to the writing of prose, collected in Legends of Vancouver, The Moccasin Maker (1913), and The Shagganappi (1913), gleanings from which form part of this collection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459704268
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press
  • Publication date: 7/23/2013
  • Series: Voyageur Classics Series , #23
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Pauline Johnson (1861–1913) was Canada's first Native author. Her most famous collection of verse, Flint and Feather, went into many printings and was successfully followed by three volumes of sketches and short fiction, The Moccasin Maker,Legends of Vancouver, and The Shagganappi.

Michael Gnarowski co-edited The Making of Modern Poetry in Canada, compiled The Concise Bibliography of English-Canadian Literature, and edited the Critical Views on Canadian Writers Series for McGraw-Hill Ryerson. He has contributed to many reference works, foremost amongst which are The Canadian Encyclopedia and The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry. Presently, he is series editor for the re-issue of Hugh MacLennan's novels by McGill-Queen's University Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Michael Gnarowski

from Flint and Feather
The White Wampum

Ojistoh
As Red Men Die
The Pilot of the Plains
The Cattle Thief
A Cry from an Indian Wife
Wolverine
The Song My Paddle Sings
The Camper
Easter
Erie Waters
Moonset
Marshlands
Joe
Shadow River
Rainfall
Christmastide
Close By
The Idlers
Penseroso
Brier
Wave Won
My English Letter

Canadian Born

Canadian Born
Low Tide at St. Andrews
The Corn Husker
Thistle-Down
The Riders of the Plains
Silhouette
The Sleeping Giant
Guard of the Easter Gate
At Crow’s Nest Pass
Fire Flowers
The Art of Alma Tadema

Miscellaneous Poems

The Indian Corn Planter
The Trail to Lillooet
Canada
The Train Dogs
The Archers
Calgary of the Plains
The Ballad of Yaada

from The Moccasin Maker
My Mother
A Red Girl’s Reasoning
As it was In the Beginning

from The Shagganappi
The Shagganappi
The Wolf Brothers
The Potlatch
The Delaware Idol

from Legends of Vancouver
Foreword
The Two Sisters
The Siwash Rock
The Lost Island
Point Grey
The Lure in Stanley Park
The Royal Mohawk Chief

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