The one book of poetry published during her lifetime, Old Spookses' Pass, Malcolm's Katie, and other poems (1884), was privately printed and sold few copies, and it was only with J.W. Garvin's The Collected Poems of Isabella Valancy Crawford (1905) and Katherine Hale's Isabella Valancy Crawford (1923) that she began to be recognized as a serious writer. In the early 1970s renewed interest in Crawford resulted in the publication of forgotten manuscripts and critical articles. Her long narrative poems have received particular attention, but generally she is admired for her unique response to a distinctly Canadian landscape.
Author C.J. TAYLOR
Links to Other Sites
Isabella Valancy Crawford
This website honours the critically acclaimed 19-th century poet, Isabella Valancy Crawford and other exemplary Canadian women. Part of the "Celebrating Women's Achievements" series from Library and Archives Canada.
Recovering Early Canada
Scroll down the page for a review of "The Writings of David Thompson, Volume 1: The Travels, 1850 Version." Also includes a review of "Collected Short Stories of Isabella Valancy Crawford." From canlit.ca.