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Sara Jeannette Duncan 1861-1922

Sara Jeannette Duncan

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Sara Jeannette Duncan

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted April, 2010

Sara Jeannette Duncan

Photo Source - Unknown

Plaque Location

The City of Brantford
At 96 West Street, opposite Chatham Street


Coordinates: N 43 08.578 W 80 16.040

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Plaque Text

An internationally renowned author, Duncan was raised in the adjacent house and educated locally. She taught school briefly, but then determinedly turned to journalism, gaining notice for her distinctive and witty writing style. In 1890 Duncan published her first book, A Social Departure, based in dispatches produced during a trip around the world. Following her marriage the next year, she took up residence in India where she continued to pursue a literary career. A prolific writer, Duncan published over twenty books, only one of which, Imperialist (1904), had a Canadian setting. In this penetrating study of life in Elgin (Brantford) in the late 19th century. Duncan integrated shrewd political commentary with minute social observation, thereby gaining for herself a distinctive place in Canadian literature.

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