Sara Jeannette Duncan

Standard Name: Duncan, Sara Jeannette
Birth Name: Sarah Janet Duncan
Nickname: Redney
Pseudonym: Sara Jeannette Duncan
Pseudonym: Sara J. Duncan
Pseudonym: Garth Grafton
Pseudonym: Jane Wintergreen
Married Name: Mrs. Everard Cotes
Pseudonym: V. Cecil Cotes
SJD was a Canadian journalist, poet, and novelist whose work spans the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her writing generally features characters who fail to live up to their own potential, such as Lorne Murchison in The Imperialist, which is probably her best known work. The novels often focus, too, on close female friendships. She spent about twenty-five years living in India under British rule, wrote nine novels on life there, examining in particular the role of the British wife or memsahib. Altogether, she wrote twenty-one works of fiction after beginning as a prolific journalist, motivated in part by the need to make money and escape her Indian home as often as possible. She argued for realism in literature even though her own work sometimes strayed into romance, and she was influenced by William Dean Howells , Henry James , and other realists and naturalists.
Black and white, head-and-shoulders photograph of Sara Jeannette Duncan, wearing a light buttoned blouse with a white flower in her dark curly hair.
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Family and Intimate relationships Flora Annie Steel
Following European custom of the time, Mabel was taken home to England while still a baby, to be left to grow up there without her parents while FAS lived without her daughter (an experience of...
Intertextuality and Influence E. M. Hull
She purportedly used the pseudonym E. M. Hullfor fear of disgracing her family.
Melman, Billie. Women and the Popular Imagination in the Twenties. Macmillan, 1988.
She wrote her first novel for personal distraction
Beauman, Nicola. A Very Great Profession: The Woman’s Novel 1914-39. Virago, 1983.
while her husband was away during the First World War; she...
Literary responses Ella Hepworth Dixon
Once published, the novel was an astounding success.
Fehlbaum, Valerie. Ella Hepworth Dixon: the Story of a Modern Woman. Ashgate, 2005.
The New York Times reviewer drew parallels between it and Sara Jeannette Duncan 's A Daughter of To-Day (1894).
Dixon, Ella Hepworth. The Story of a Modern Woman. Farmer, SteveEditor , Broadview, 2004.
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Many contemporary reviewers found Dixon's...
Literary responses Pauline Johnson
The Globe published an interview between PJ and Brantford writer Sara Jeannette Duncan , who was just one year the elder of the two.
Keller, Betty. Pauline: A Biography of Pauline Johnson. Douglas and McIntyre, 1981.
Gerson, Carole, and Veronica Strong-Boag. Paddling Her Own Canoe: The Times and Texts of E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake). University of Toronto Press, 2000.
Reception Pauline Johnson
Duncan, using the pseudonym Garth Grafton , mentioned knowing PJ for some time and focused on her physical attributes and Mohawk ancestry. The publicity which resulted from the interview brought Johnson wider attention.
Keller, Betty. Pauline: A Biography of Pauline Johnson. Douglas and McIntyre, 1981.
Travel E. M. Forster
EMF visited India in 1912-13 and again in 1921. While on his first stay there he met Canadian novelist Sara Jeannette Duncan .


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