Why you should know who Edith Eaton is, and how to find out


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Maybe you’ve never heard of Edith Eaton (1865-1914), the Montreal-raised author who was the daughter of a British business man and his wife, a former performer in a Chinese circus troupe.  If not, how could that description not pique your interest?! Eaton, writing as Sui Sin Far, toured Canada, the U.S., and Jamaica, producing newspaper articles and short stories under the pen name Sui Sin Far. UBC professor Mary Chapman has located over 80 previously unknown works by Eaton. The transnational, transracial, connections she has uncovered are fascinating. Come hear Dr. Chapman’s talk, titled “‘Gwine back to Dixie’: Slave Girls, Tragic Mulattas, and Underground Railways in the Life and Works of Edith Eaton (Sui Sin Far)” on Monday, November 9th, at 4pm in PAS 2438. I can’t be the only one on the edge of my seat!

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One response to “Why you should know who Edith Eaton is, and how to find out

  1. Broadview Press has a handy anthology of Eaton’s writings: Mrs. Spring Fragrance and other Writings, in a paperback for $19.95. Here’s hoping someone will bring out an anthology by her sister Winifred.

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