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 Jean <I>McKishnie</I> Blewett

Jean McKishnie Blewett

Birth
Camden, Chatham-Kent Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Death 19 Aug 1934 (aged 71)
Cavers, Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada
Burial Chatham, Chatham-Kent Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Memorial ID 67717610 · View Source
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Jean McKishnie BLEWETT was a Canadian author most notable for poetry. She published a number of volumes including "Out of the Depths" (1885), "Heart Songs" (1897) and "The Corn Flower and Other Poems" (1906). Many of these poems and others published in journals and newspapers were collected in the volume "Jean Blewett's Poems" published by McClelland & Stewart in 1922.

Her poems purvey a reverence for youth, beauty, motherhood and homelife and are full of nature and water metaphors. She wrote from the perspective of a rural woman growing up in Kent County, Ontario near Rondeau Provincial Park. Her treatment of these subjects is simple and home-spun. Her works reflect her Scot-Irish upbringing.

Her amusing short piece "The Experiences of a Woman Bachelor" (1905) is the story of two friends who "...exchange confidential letters...on the subject of platonic love and kindred theories" fictionalized between Montreal and "Kentown."

Blewett did not become celebrated but takes her place as a modest but popular Canadian woman poet and short story writer. Her brother was the Canadian nature novelist Archibald Percival McKishnie (see separate Find a Grave entry).

Her husband was Bassett Collins Blewett (1868-1918). They had a son and a daughter.

Jean Blewett was known to occasionally use the nom de plume Katherine Kent. Using this name, she wrote a short series of simple home-life articles (home safety, etc.) for Scribners magazine in 1937. She also did editorial work for the Globe and Mail, a Toronto, Ontario daily newspaper.

A commemorative plaque to Jean Blewett hangs in the Chatham, Ontario Public Library.


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  • Created by: Daryl Smith
  • Added: 31 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67717610
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jean McKishnie Blewett (4 Nov 1862–19 Aug 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67717610, citing Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham, Chatham-Kent Municipality, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Daryl Smith (contributor 46932538) .