“Which Has the Most Patience under the Ordinary Cares and Trials of Life – Man or Woman?”

“Which Has the Most Patience under the Ordinary Cares and Trials of Life – Man or Woman?” was a writing contest sponsored by the Halifax Evening Mail in early 1896 to which Montgomery won first prize (for a poem signed Belinda Bluegrass) and honourable mention (for an essay signed Enid). The contest judge, Archibald MacMechan, was coincidentally Montgomery’s English literature professor at Dalhousie University. Both texts appear in A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917.

Bibliography

Evening Mail (Halifax). “The Prize Awarded.” Undated clipping, Scrapbook 7, compiled by L.M. Montgomery, University Archives and Special Collections, University of Prince Edward Island Library.

Poem signed Belinda Bluegrass also in The Years Before “Anne,” by Francis W.P. Bolger, 159. N.p.: The Prince Edward Island Heritage Foundation, 1974.

Poem signed Belinda Bluegrass also as “Which Has More Patience – Man or Woman?” in The Poetry of Lucy Maud Montgomery, selected by John Ferns and Kevin McCabe, 120–21. Markham, ON: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1987.

Also in A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917, 44–46.