Edward Taylor Fletcher

Edward Taylor Fletcher (20 May 1817 – 1 February 1897) was a Canadian poet, memoirist, travel writer, essayist, land surveyor, and architect. He resided in Quebec City, Montreal, and Toronto before moving to British Columbia in his retirement, where he lived in Victoria and finally New Westminster.[1] He was a member of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec and also served as its librarian and secretary.[2]

Edward Taylor Fletcher
BornEdward Taylor Fletcher
(1817-05-20)20 May 1817
Kent, England, UK
Died1 February 1897(1897-02-01) (aged 79)
New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Occupationarchitect, surveyor
NationalityCanadian
Alma materSéminaire de Québec
Genrepoetry, memoir, and essay

Early life and educationEdit

Fletcher first arrived in Quebec on 20 October 1827, where he began attending the Reverend Daniel Wilkie’s private school,[3] and in 1832 he began studies at the Séminaire de Québec.[4] He contracted cholera in 1832 during the 1826–1837 cholera pandemic and survived but lost his mother to the disease.[5] On 21 October 1846, he married Henrietta Amelia Lindsay, who was the daughter of William Burns Lindsay Sr. and brother of William Burns Lindsay Jr., both of whom were clerks of the Legislative Assembly. Together, they had thirteen children, six of whom lived.[6]

BibliographyEdit

Long PoemsEdit

  • The Lost Island (Atlantis) (1887)
  • Nestorius: A Phantasy (1892)

MemoirsEdit

  • "Notes of a Journey Through the Interior of the Saguenay Country" (1869)
  • "Notes of a Voyage to St. Augustine, Labrador" (1882)
  • "Notes from Victoria, B.C." (1890)
  • "Letter on British Columbia" (1892)
  • "Reminiscences of Old Quebec" (1913)

Non-fiction essaysEdit

  • "Icelandic Poetry" (1844)
  • "Songs of the Polish Peasantry" (1844)
  • "The Twenty Years Siege of Candia" (1855)
  • On Language, As Subjective and Objective (1857)
  • "On Languages as Evincing Special Modes of Thought" (1861)
  • "The Lost Island of Atlantis" (1865)
  • "On the Secular Change of Magnetic Declination in Canada, from 1790 to 1850" (1865)
  • "The Kalevala or National Epos of the Finns" (1869)
  • Our Lord at Bethany (1874)
  • "Map-Making in the Middle-Ages" (1878)
  • "Crown Land Surveys, P.Q." (1885)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Langelier, Gilles (28 June 2022). "Fletcher, Edward Taylor". Dictionary of Canadian Biography.
  2. ^ Gifford, James (2022). Of Sunken Islands and Pestilence: Restoring the Voice of Edward Taylor Fletcher to Nineteenth-Century Canadian Literature. Edmonton, Alberta: Athabasca University Press. ISBN 978-1-77199-344-9.
  3. ^ Langelier, Gilles (28 June 2022). "Fletcher, Edward Taylor". Dictionary of Canadian Biography.
  4. ^ Langelier, Gilles (28 June 2022). "Fletcher, Edward Taylor". Dictionary of Canadian Biography.
  5. ^ Gifford, James (2022). Of Sunken Islands and Pestilence: Restoring the Voice of Edward Taylor Fletcher to Nineteenth-Century Canadian Literature. Edmonton, Alberta: Athabasca University Press. ISBN 978-1-77199-344-9.
  6. ^ Gifford, James (2022). Of Sunken Islands and Pestilence: Restoring the Voice of Edward Taylor Fletcher to Nineteenth-Century Canadian Literature. Edmonton, Alberta: Athabasca University Press. ISBN 978-1-77199-344-9.

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