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.
Compiled from the following sources:
- Manitoba Women’s Directorate, http://www.gov.mb.ca/wd/publications/
- Introduction to “In Times Like These ”. P.xxi Veronica Strong-Boag 1972 edition
- The Famous 5, “Heroes for Today” website, (Brief descriptions came from this site.) http://www.abheritage.ca/famous5/achievements/mcclung_books_published.html
Following is a list of her published works:
|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.