Published Works

Nellie wrote both fiction and non-fiction, with wide-ranging topics that included gambling, women’s suffrage, prohibition, marriage, balancing a career and family, women’s role in the church and justice.

Over the course of 37 years, Nellie wrote 16 books. Her first, 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.

In addition to books, Nellie 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 so loved writing that even 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.

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.