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History & Criticism
  • Author:
    Jean Barman
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    0802036783
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    978-0802036780
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    University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (December 14, 2002)
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    416 pages
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Barman, like Constance Lindsay Skinner, writes on the frontiers of transnational histories, at a moment when North American frontiers and the .

Barman, like Constance Lindsay Skinner, writes on the frontiers of transnational histories, at a moment when North American frontiers and the . Elizabeth Jameson, Imperial Oil and Lincoln McKay Chair in American Studies, Department of History, University of Calgary). From the Inside Flap. Jean Barman's insightful intellectual biography makes a significant contribution to scholarship on Canadian and . literature, and to histories of gender, race, and region.

Barman ponders Constance Lindsay Skinner's absence from the Canadian literary canon

Barman ponders Constance Lindsay Skinner's absence from the Canadian literary canon. She mixed with such twentieth-century personalities as Jack London, Harriet Monroe, Frederick Jackson Turner, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Cornelia Meigs, Long Lance, and Margaret Mitchell, yet was unrecognized in her own country. Her sex mattered, just as it did for fellow Canadian women writers. So did her facility at multiple genres, a talent that, even as it made possible a writing life, prevented her from achieving a major breakthrough in any one of them

Born in 1877 on the British Columbia frontier, Constance Lindsay .

Born in 1877 on the British Columbia frontier, Constance Lindsay Skinner died in New York City in 1939, a successful and prolific writer  . On Constance Lindsay Skinner′s death in New York City in 1939,Timemagazine described her as a ′novelist, historian, journalist′ who ′wrote mostly of frontier life. ¹ The assessment was apt and caught the essence of the woman. Hers was a writing life. She lived to write, and she wrote to live.

Reconstructing Constance Lindsay Skinner's writing life from her papers in the New York Public Library and from her publications, Jean Barman argues for three bases to her success

Reconstructing Constance Lindsay Skinner's writing life from her papers in the New York Public Library and from her publications, Jean Barman argues for three bases to her success. As well as a capacity to respond to market forces by moving between genres, she possessed an aura of authenticity by virtue of her Canadian frontier heritage. As a literary device, the frontier gave a freedom to tackle contentious issues of Aboriginal and hybrid identities, gender and sexuality, that might otherwise have been far more difficult to get into print

Late in her life, one of Constance Lindsay Skinner's publishers described her as 'a. .

Late in her life, one of Constance Lindsay Skinner's publishers described her as 'a strange, remote and fascinating woman wore more junk jewelry, sashes and bows and other adornment than any woman I ever knew' (p. 220). Skinner was born in the Cariboo region of British Columbia in 1877 where her father managed a Hudson's Bay trading post.

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Skinner was born Constance Annie Skinner at Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada to Annie (Lindsay) and Robert Skinner; she later substituted her mother's maiden name for the middle name that appeared on her birth certificate. Her father was an agent for the Hudson's Bay Company.

Skinner was the daughter of an agent for the Hudson’s Bay Company, and she grew up at a trading post. Skinner’s histories, while vivid and highly readable, occasionally sacrificed scholarship, but they powerfully evoked the landscapes they depicted.

Constance Lindsay Skinner made a living as a writer at a time when few men, and fewer women, managed the feat

Constance Lindsay Skinner made a living as a writer at a time when few men, and fewer women, managed the feat. Born in 1877 on the British Columbia frontier, she worked as a journalist in Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Chicago, before moving to New York City in 1912, where she supported herself by her pen until her death in 1939.

Constance Lindsay Skinner made a living as a writer at a time when few men, and fewer women, managed the feat. Born in 1877 on the British Columbia frontier, she worked as a journalist in Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Chicago, before moving to New York City in 1912, where she supported herself by her pen until her death in 1939. Despite a prolific output - poetry, plays, short stories, histories, reviews, adult and children's novels - and in contrast to her reputation in the United States, she remains virtually unknown in the country of her birth.

Reconstructing Constance Lindsay Skinner's writing life from her papers in the New York Public Library and from her publications, Jean Barman argues for three bases to her success. As well as a capacity to respond to market forces by moving between genres, she possessed an aura of authenticity by virtue of her Canadian frontier heritage. As a literary device, the frontier gave a freedom to tackle contentious issues of Aboriginal and hybrid identities, gender and sexuality, that might otherwise have been far more difficult to get into print. Third, and very important, was her willingness to subordinate a private self to the life of the imagination.

Barman ponders Constance Lindsay Skinner's absence from the Canadian literary canon. She mixed with such twentieth-century personalities as Jack London, Harriet Monroe, Frederick Jackson Turner, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Cornelia Meigs, Long Lance, and Margaret Mitchell, yet was unrecognized in her own country. Her sex mattered, just as it did for fellow Canadian women writers. So did her facility at multiple genres, a talent that, even as it made possible a writing life, prevented her from achieving a major breakthrough in any one of them. Perhaps most responsible was her identification with the frontier of a nation whose centre long shaped literary matters in its own image. Constance Lindsay Skinner makes a significant contribution to Canadian and American history and to literary and gender studies.