Unmasking The Literary Garland’s T.D. Foster


This essay is situated at the intersection of nineteenth-century literary history, women’s literature, and print culture. It opens by resolving an admittedly minor debate about the identity of a contributor to the Canadian nineteenth-century journal, The Literary Garland. However, as a result of this resolution, a series of previously unnoted literary connections between Canadian authors and a single U.S. periodical is revealed; networks of Canadian literary women—both as writers and editors—are explored and our understanding of them expanded; and lost writings by Canadian authors are identified. Those covered include Harriet Vaughan Cheney, Eliza Lanesford Cushing, Catherine Parr Traill, and Emma Donoghue Grant.

This article “Unmasking The Literary Garland’s T.D. Foster” originally appeared in New Work on Early Canadian Literature. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 213 (Summer 2012): 84-98.

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