Published Works

Over the course of 37 years, Nellie wrote 16 books. Her first, Sowing Seeds in Danny, was published in 1908. It became the best seller of the year in Canada, eventually running into 17 editions. It sold 100,000 copies and earned her $25,000. Nellie wrote both fiction and non-fiction, on topics ranging from gambling and women’s suffrage, to memoirs of her life in the political fast lane.

In addition to books, McClung wrote numerous articles for newspapers and magazines such as Maclean's, Canadian Home Journal, Country Guide, Chatelaine, and Onward. She also wrote a pamphlet on missionary work in Canada entitled Before They Call (1937). She also wrote a pamphlet on missionary work in Canada entitled Before They Call (1937). In it she covered a broad variety of subjects, including marriage, suffrage, prohibition, war, balancing a career and family, women's role in the church, and justice for the marginalized.

She so loved writing that near the end of her life, she kept up her correspondence, writing letters and speeches to stay connected to the political movements in the country.

In addition to books, McClung wrote numerous articles for newspapers and magazines such as Maclean's, Canadian Home Journal, Country Guide, Chatelaine, and Onward. She also wrote a pamphlet on missionary work in Canada Before They Call, (1937) Her topics ranging from marriage, suffrage and prohibition, to war, balancing a career and family, women's role in the church and justice for groups who were not receiving it.

Sources

Compiled from the following sources:

Following is a list of her published works:

Date Published Publication
1908

Sowing Seeds in Danny, was published in 1908, and became the best seller of the year in Canada, eventually running into 17 editions. It sold 100,000 copies and earned her $25,000 .

Sowing Seeds in Danny. Toronto: Briggs, 1908; New York & London: Doubleday, 1908.

Her first book;  the first of the Pearlie Watson stories.

1910

The Second Chance. Toronto: Briggs, 1910; New York: Doubleday, 1910. The Pearlie Watson saga continues. Published in England as The Beauty of Martha. London: Hutchinson, 1923. 

1912

The Black Creek Stopping House. Toronto: Briggs, 1912.
A collection of short stories.

1915

In Times Like These. Toronto: McLeod & Allen, 1915; New York: Appleton, 1915.
Essays on temperance and female suffrage.

1917

The Next of Kin. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1917; Toronto: Allen, 1917

1918

Three Times and Out: A Canadian Boy's Experience in German. Toronto: Allen, 1918; New York & Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1918.
The true story of Private Simmons, as told to Nellie McClung .

1922

Purple Springs. Toronto: Allen, Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1922; London: Hutchinson, 1922.
The third and final installment of the Pearlie Watson trilogy. 

1923

When Christmas Crossed "The Peace”. Toronto: Allen, 1923
A moralistic novella.

1925

Painted Fires. Toronto: Allen, 1925; published in Finland as Finnish Girl in America in 1917 ; New York: Dodd, Mead, 1925; London: Fischer, 1926.
A novel about an immigrant girl's experience.

1925

All We Like Sheep and other stories. Toronto: Allen, 1926.
Sketches, stories, and poems.

1930

Be Good to Yourself: A Book of Short Stories. Toronto: Allen, 1930. 

1931

Flowers for the Living; A Book of Short Stories. Toronto: Allen, 1931.

1935

Clearing in the West: My Own Story. Toronto: Allen, 1935; New York: Revell, 1936.
Volume 1 of her autobiography; beginning with childhood, and ending with her marriage.

1936

Leaves From Lantern Lane. Toronto: Allen, 1936. An anthology of her newspaper columns. 

1937

More Leaves From Lantern Lane. Toronto: Allen, 1937.
Another collection of newspaper columns. 

1945

The Stream Runs Fast: My Own Story. Toronto: Allen, 1945.
Volume 2 of her autobiography.