University of Alberta Press

Book details

Publication date: January 2013
Features: 28 B&W photographs, map, notes, bibliography, index
Keywords: Biography;Journalism;Women Studies;Feminism;Social History
Subject(s): HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-), Biography;Journalism;Women Studies;Feminism;Social History, LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays, Canadian History, Communication and Media Studies
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Miriam Green Ellis. Pioneering agricultural journalist Miriam Green Ellis (1879-1964) exulted in wearing what she called "seven league boots" to visit the farms and families of her huge "Western parish." Alert, intuitive and keenly observant, she always embraced "the adventure of the unexpected." The resourcefulness and determination she showed in her 1922 river steamer journey to Aklavik, Northwest Territories, have left us with remarkable textual and photographic images of her passage from the metropole to the periphery.

Patricia Demers. Patricia Demers, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies and the Comparative Literature program at the University of Alberta, teaches and researches in the area of women's writing-from the early modern period to the present.

"Treasure hunters strike it rich in the oddest places, but none stranger than a document vault at the University of Alberta. There, largely undisturbed for nearly 50 years, were cartons containing the life's work of reporter Miriam Green Ellis. Inside, gold."

Holly Doan, Blacklock's Reporter


"Wearing men's breeches and sometimes armed with a rifle, trailblazing Canadian journalist and suffragist Miriam Green Ellis (1879-1964) was one of the few women (or even men) of the time period traveling to isolated regions of Canada.. The book provides examples of Ellis's agricultural reporting in various regions of Canada between 1915 and 1933 and her travel reporting 1920-1941. An introduction overviews her life and her career as a writer, reporter, speaker, and member of high society. Of special interest are the many b&w historical photos taken by Ellis, depicting the lifeways of indigenous peoples on the Canadian prairie."

Book News Inc.


“Nearly a century later, Ellis and many of her contemporaries are only now beginning to emerge from the shadows of history…. What was it about these scribbling women with their ‘virile pens’ that generated anxiety in so many readers, reviewers, and publishers?... Perhaps readers were quick to recognize that women with pens possessed no small measure of power: unlike women whose work was restricted to domestic spaces, roving women reporters were in positions to influence and shape public perception…. Travels and Tales of Miriam Green Ellis makes a valuable contribution to the fields of women’s history, women’s culture, and print culture in Canada.”

Valerie Legge, Canadian Literature


"Ellis's writing displays her keen observations of the places and peoples she encountered. Of particular interest are her comments on native life and culture, especially in 'Down North' and 'Sun Dance at Hobbema.' As an agricultural journalist, Ellis had a gift for connecting to the difficulties of people living on the land. 'On the Aggie Beat' covers topics ranging from women's push for the vote to the resiliency of farmers overcoming hardships and obstacles. Overall, this is a wonderful collection..."

Amy L. McKinney, Montana: The Magazine of Western History


"...a much recommended pick for social issues and women's studies collections with a focus on Canada."

The Literary Studies Shelf

ISBNs: 9780888646262 978-0-88864-626-2 Title: travels and tales of miriam green ellis