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Further Reading

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There are hundreds of books, periodicals, audio and video recordings and other sources by or about members of the Famous 5, their times and achievements. We have selected a few that are most relevant and widely available.

Emily Murphy, Janey Canuck in the West (1910; Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1975). Emily Murphy's book of travel and description in western Canada.

Emily Murphy, The Black Candle (1922; Toronto: Coles, 1973). In this controversial book, Emily Murphy discloses the harsh realities of drug addiction as she saw them, especially from her perspective as a police magistrate.

Christine Mander, Emily Murphy: Rebel: First Female Magistrate in the British Empire (Toronto: Simon and Pierre, 1985). This book chronicles the life and times of Emily Murphy, and includes an excerpt from the only children's book written by her.

Nellie McClung, In Times Like These (1915; Toronto: U of Toronto Press, 1972). Essays by Nellie McClung on temperance and female suffrage.

Nellie McClung, Purple Springs (1921; Toronto: U of Toronto Press, 1992). Nellie McClung's third and final story about Pearlie Watson, the oldest child of shanty Irish immigrants settled in southwest Manitboa.

Nellie McClung, Clearing in the West: My Own Story (1935; Toronto: Thomas Allen and Son, 1976). Volume 1 of her autobiography, it begins with her childhood, and ends with her marriage to Wes McClung.

Nellie McClung, The Stream Runs Fast: My Own Story (1945; Toronto: Thomas Allen and Son, 1965). Volume 2 of her autobiography, it begins with her life in Manitou following her marriage and covers her public and political career.

Mary Hallett and Marilyn Davis, Firing the Heather: The Life and Times of Nellie McClung (Saskatoon: Fifth House, 1993). This book details Nellie McClung's early years growing up in Ontario and rural Manitoba, her passionate involvement in social reform on the prairies and her later life in British Columbia. It is also a comprehensive re-evaluation of McClung as a writer, examining her work in the context of feminist literary criticism.

Carol Hancock, Nellie McClung: No Small Legacy, 2nd ed. (Kelowna: Northstone, 1996).

Stephen Leacock, The Social Criticism of Stephen Leacock, ed. Alan Bowker (U of Toronto Press, 1996). This volume represents the neglected aspect of Leacock's career as a professor of political economy, gathering together his writings on a range of subjects, including imperialism, education and culture, religion and morality, feminism, prohibition, and social justice.

Linda Rasmussen et al., comp. A Harvest Yet To Reap (Toronto: Women's Press, 1976). This compilation of articles, book excerpts and letters by the Famous 5 and other writers provide excellent evidence of women's experiences in western Canada and their struggles to improve their lives and status.

Eliane Leslau Silverman, The Last Best West: Women on the Alberta Frontier 1880-1930, Rev. ed. (Calgary: Fifth House, 1998). Elaine Silverman introduces the experiences of numerous women who recall growing up in Alberta or coming to the province and making their lives here. Some of these women relate encounters with members of the Famous 5 or their impressions of these women.

Catherine Cavanaugh and Randi Warne, eds., Standing on New Ground: Women in Alberta (Edmonton: U of Alberta Press, 1993). Essays by leading women's historians explore the activities and contributions that Alberta women have made to prairie culture.

Grant MacEwan, Mighty Women: Stories of Western Canadian Pioneers (Vancouver/Toronto: Greystone, 1995). This book provides biographical sketches on each of the Famous 5 and other western Canadian women. It includes significant descriptions of the achievements and accomplishments of these women.

Sydney Sharpe, The Guilded Ghetto: Women and Political Power in Canada (Toronto: Harper Collins, 1994). This book provides a look at what came after the 'Persons' Case in Canada and provides a useful bibliography for women's political history. It provides profiles on the 'Persons' Case and each of the Famous 5.

Nancy Millar, The Famous 5: Emily Murphy and the Case of the Missing Persons (Cochrane: The Western Heritage Centre, 1999). This book details the story behind the history of the 'Persons' Case and the important role that Emily Murphy played in initiating it. It provides a chapter on each of the Famous 5 and discusses some issues surrounding the Famous 5.

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