Agnes Ethelwyn Wetherald|
April 26, 1857
|Died||March 9, 1940 (aged 82)|
|Pen name||Bel Thistlethwaite|
|Notable work(s)||The Last Robin (1907)|
Her earliest sale of a poem was to St. Nicholas Magazine at 17, and soon she was contributing to publications throughout Canada and the United States, including The Globe, The Week, and Rose-Belford's Canadian Magazine. She co-wrote a novel, An Algonquin Maiden (1887), with Graeme Mercer Adam, and in 1895 published her debut collection of poetry.
She worked for several decades as a proofreader, journalist, and editorial assistant at newspapers in Ontario and the north-eastern United States. For a time she 'conducted the Women's Department' of The Globe under the pseudonym "Bel Thistlethwait."
She adopted a child, Dorothy, in 1911 when she was 54, and in 1921 published a book of children's verse, Tree-Top Mornings, dedicated to Dorothy.
Reviewing her 1907 book, The Last Robin, The Globe pronounced: "The salient quality of Miss Wetherald's work is its freshness of feeling, a perennial freshness, renewable as spring. This has a setting of harmonious form, for the poet's ear is delicately attuned to the value of words, both as to the sound and the meaning.... The sonnets are an important part of the volume, and, to some minds, will represent the most important part. Miss Wetherald's sonnets are flowing in expression and harmonious in thought; some are beautiful."
The Dictionary of Literary Biography calls the best of her poems "musical, restrained, and precise," and "equal to much of the work of her better-known Canadian contemporaries such as Archibald Lampman, Bliss Carman, and Duncan Campbell Scott." On occasion, it adds, "her themes and images recall the poetry of Emily Dickinson."
- The House of the Trees, and other poems. Boston & New York: Lamson, Wolffe / Toronto: William Briggs, 1895.
- Tangled in Stars: Poems. Boston: Richard G. Badger / Gorham Press, 1902.
- The Radiant Road. Boston: Richard G. Badger / Gorham Press, 1904.
- The Last Robin: Lyrics and sonnets. Toronto: William Briggs, 1907.
- Poems: Lyrics and sonnets. Toronto: Musson, 1919
- Lyrics and Sonnets: Complete edition (with introduction by John Garvin). Toronto: Nelson 1931.
- An Algonquin Maiden: A romance of the early days of Upper Canada (with Graeme Mercer Adam). Montreal: Lovell / Toronto: Williamson, 1886; New York: Lovell, 1886; London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1887.
- Thirty Years of Storytelling: Selected short fiction (edited by Janet B. Friskney). Ottawa: Tecumseh Press, 2011.
- Introduction to Isabella Valancy Crawford, Collected Poems. Toronto: William Briggs, 1905.
- Tree-top Mornings (verse). Boston: Cornhill, 1921.
- Dorothy W. Rungeling, Life and works of Ethelwyn Wetherald, 1857-1940: With a selection of her poems and articles. Ridgeville, ON: Rungeling, 2004.
- "The Indigo Bird" in The Garden of the Heart: A Garland of verses. Boston: R.G. Badger, 1903.
- ↑ "Selected Poetry of Ethelwyn Wetherald (1857-1940)," Representative Poetry Online, University of Toronto, UToronto.ca, Web, Dec. 26, 2011.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 John Garvin, "Ethelwyn Wetherald," Canadian Poets (Toronto: McClelland, Goodchild & Stewart, 1916), 167, A Celebration of Women Writers, University of Pennsylvania, UPenn.edu, Web, Dec. 26, 2011.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Wanda Campbell, "Ethelwyn Wetherald," Hidden Rooms: Canadian Women Writers (Canadian Poetry Press, 2000), Canadian Poetry, UWO, Web, Dec. 26, 2011.
- ↑ Carole Gerson and Gwendolyn Davies, "Agnes Ethelwyn Wetherald 1857-1940," Canadian Poetry From the Beginnings Through the First World War (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart New Canadian Library, 1944), 314, Print.
- ↑ Carole Gerson, "Agnes Ethelwyn Wetherald," Dictionary of Literary Biography, Thomson Gale, Bookrags.com, Web, Dec. 26, 2011.
- ↑ Search results = au:Ehelwyn Wetherald, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Apr. 19, 2015.
- Ethelwyn Wetherald in A Victorian Anthology, 1837-1895: "The House of the Trees," "The Snow Storm," "To February," "The Wind of Death"
- Wetherald, Ethelwyn (1857-1940) (6 poems) at Representative Poetry Online
- 13 poems by Wetherald: "To the October Wind," "In June," "The March Orchard," "June Apples," "September," "Leafless April," "Prayer of the Year," "The Snow-fall,"Dead Leaves," "October," "The World Well Lost," "To February," "A Winter Picture"
- Ethelwyn Wetherald in Canadian Poets: 15 poems
- Ethelwyn Wetherald at PoemHunter (20 poems)
- Ethelwyn Wetherald at Poetry Nook (20 poems)
- "Ethelwyn Wetherald" in Hidden Rooms: biography & 23 poems
- Audio / video
- A. Ethelwyn Wetherald at Amazon.com
- Agnes Ethelwyn Wetherald (1857-1940) at Poet's Pathway: Women poets of the Confederation
- Wetherald, Agnes Ethelwyn at Canada's Early Women Writers
- Thirty Years of Storytelling summary & author profile
- “You Woman-Hearted, Poet-Brained Wonder Worker!”: The poetic dialogue of love between Ethelwyn Wetherald and Helena Coleman" in Canadian Poetry.
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