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Sara Jeannette Duncan (1861-1922)

Sara Jeannette Duncan

Photo by Colin Old - Posted August, 2018

Sara Jeannette Duncan

Photo by Colin Old - Posted August, 2018

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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Pioneering journalist in the late 19th century, Sara Jeannette Duncan challenged social and political norms by examining women's changing roles, the need for a national culture, and the way Canadian politics worked. After she left Canada in 1890, she lived in India and England, and wrote more than 20 popular books. Known for astute social observation and her skilful use of irony and wit, she produced realistic novels with strong female characters. The Imperialist (1904), a Canadian classic, featured a fictionalized portrait of her hometown of Brantford and incisive commentary on the political complexities of her time.

Another plaque at this location
Sara Jeannette Duncan 1861-1922



Brantford Plaques

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