In her later years, EW
became more critical in her letters regarding social and political issues. She increasingly valorized individuals like Mazo de La Roche
(for being a self-taught writer), as well as Arthur Erickson
expressed to John Gray
some self-doubt as to whether she was truly qualified to speak to a university audience: How pretentious of me [to speak], who have [sic] nothing but a very treasured conferred...