Ethel Wilson

Standard Name: Wilson, Ethel
Birth Name: Ethel Bryant
Born in South Africa and raised until age ten in Britain, Ethel Wilson is best known as one of the first regional Canadian writers to capture in intimate detail the beauty of British Columbia, Canada. Her short stories and novels were widely praised for her succinct and effective prose style, described by some critics as telegraphic. Despite her artistic achievements, Wilson was consistently modest in her claims about the value of her own work. Her scepticism concerning the value of national literature and creative writing classes produced some controversy in a time when the institution of Canadian literature struggled for articulation and recognition as a legitimate cultural form on both the national and international level.


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Friends, Associates Pauline Johnson
During her final days, PJ had a chance meeting on the streets of Vancouver with the novelist Ethel Wilson , who recognized her from having seen her at the age of eleven, when Johnson was...
Literary responses Margaret Laurence
ML rocketed to success with this first novel. Ethel Wilson , to whom she sent a copy in spring 1964, responded with enthusiastic praise of this great and glorious book.
Stouck, David. Ethel Wilson: A Critical Biography. University of Toronto Press.
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Wilson, Ethel. Ethel Wilson: Stories, Essays, and Letters. Editor Stouck, David, University of British Columbia Press, 1987.
Wilson, Ethel. Hetty Dorval. Macmillan of Canada, 1947.
Wilson, Ethel. Love and Salt Water. Macmillan, 1956.
Wilson, Ethel. Mrs. Golightly and other stories. Macmillan, 1961.
Wilson, Ethel. Swamp Angel. Macmillan, 1954.
Wilson, Ethel. The Equations of Love. Macmillan, 1952.
Wilson, Ethel. The Innocent Traveller. Macmillan, 1949.