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Courageous Women

Courageous Women is L.M. Montgomery’s twentieth book, written in collaboration with Marian Keith and Mabel Burns McKinley and published in Fall 1934 by McClelland and Stewart. It consists of twenty-one essays on a number of women who had made major contributions to nursing, the arts, politics, missionary work, and the war effort. Montgomery’s name was placed first on the title page, which does not reflect alphabetical order or the proportion of work done by the three authors: indeed, although the authors of individual essays are not stated in the book, Montgomery’s comments in her journals indicate that she wrote only three of the twenty-one essays, and these were arranged as the first three chapters. This book was preceded by Pat of Silver Bush (1933) and followed by Mistress Pat: A Novel of Silver Bush (1935).

Montgomery’s three chapters are included in The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 1: A Life in Print.


1. The Maid of France: Joan of Arc (1–11)

2. The Angel of the Crimea: Florence Nightingale (12–21)

3. The Great White Ma: Mary Slessor of Calabar (22–31)

4. A Brave Deed: Laura Secord (32–40)

5. Happiness in a Log-Cabin: Catharine Parr Traill (41–48)

6. A Noble Girl Queen: Queen Victoria (49–57)

7. Courage in Danger: Madeleine de Verchères (58–66)

8. From Darkness to Light: Helen Keller (67–75)

9. A Friend of the School: Ada May Courtice (76–83)

10. The Golden Chrysanthemum: Caroline MacDonald (84–97)

11. A Loyal Pioneer of the West: Elizabeth Louise Mair (98–106)

12. Caring for Indians: Anna J. Gaudin (107–15)

13. A War Heroine: Edith Cavell (116–24)

14. Braving the White North: Sadie Stringer (125–34)

15. Canada’s Queen of Song: Madame Albani (135–47)

16. The Princess of the Paddle: (Tekahionwake) Pauline Johnson (148–60)

17. A Leader in Education: Aletta Elise Marty (161–69)

18. A Pupil at School: Dr. Margaret Mackellar (170–77)

19. A Daughter of the Empire: Margaret Polson Murray (178–85)

20. Service for Others: Lady Tilley (186–93)

21. Champion of Dumb Animals: Marshall Saunders (194–203)

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