Lily Lewis

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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Lily Lewis 1
Title Page 3
Bibliographic Information 4
Dedication 5
Table of Contents 7
Foreword 9
Acknowledgements 11
Part one: Introduction recovering Lily Lewis 13
Notes to Part One 35
Part Two: Reading Lily Lewis a biocritical study 37
L.L 39
Louis Lloyd 61
Lily Lewis Rood 101
Notes to Part Two 125
Part Three a Selection of Sketches by Lily Lewis Rood 131
Introduction: Principles of Selection 132
Sketches 137
Notes to Part Three 257
Appendix A 261
Appendix B 263
Bibliography 273
Index 281
Back Cover 301