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Volume 15, Number 2 (1990)

Pauline Johnson: A Reconsideration

  • George W. Lyon
May 22, 2008


Pauline Johnson can be considered one of those authors who make it difficult to separate their writings from their biographies or from the public personae they have created. Not only did she mine her own past for content and for image, presenting that image, carefully groomed and trimmed, on the concert stage, but she asserted that her genetic history (her father was Mohawk) gave her the privilege of addressing certain subjects. Her poetry, prose, and published persona can all be considered pieces of an aesthetic whole.