May Cannan

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MC was a war poet in and shortly after the First World War. In her (posthumously published) autobiography she performs, from a different viewpoint, something of the same function as Vera Brittain as the historian of a generation.

Milestones

14 October 1893
MC was born, one of fragile twin girls, in St Giles's, Oxford, at (in her own words) the end of the first day of the Michaelmas Term.
Cannan, May, and Bevil Quiller-Couch. The Tears of War. Fyfe, CharlotteEditor , Cavalier Books, 2000.
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By late November 1908
MC and her sisters, Dorothea and Joanna (who were still schoolgirls), jointly got together a collection of their favourite poems and had it published, with their initials, in London as The Tripled Crown.
British Library Catalogue.
Cannan, May, and Bevil Quiller-Couch. The Tears of War. Fyfe, CharlotteEditor , Cavalier Books, 2000.
163
TLS Centenary Archive Centenary Archive [1902-2012].
359 (26 November 1908): 433
11 December 1973
MC died of a heart attack, in her sleep, at her home, St Margaret's Cottage, 15 The Moors at Pangbourne in Berkshire, after six years of widowhood.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Cannan, May, and Bevil Quiller-Couch. “Editorial Materials”. The Tears of War, edited by Charlotte Fyfe, Cavalier Books, 2000, p. Various pages.
176

Biography

Birth and Family

14 October 1893
MC was born, one of fragile twin girls, in St Giles's, Oxford, at (in her own words) the end of the first day of the Michaelmas Term.
Cannan, May, and Bevil Quiller-Couch. The Tears of War. Fyfe, CharlotteEditor , Cavalier Books, 2000.
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