Fowke, Edith (1913–1996)

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Fowke, Edith (1913–1996)

Canadian folklorist. Born Edith Marshall, April 30, 1913, in Lumsden, Saskatchewan, Canada; died Mar 28, 1996, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; earned degree in English from University of Saskatchewan.

Taught English at York University, Toronto; became Canada's most important folklorist, with such books as Folk Songs of Canada (with Richard Johnston, 1954), Folklore of Canada (1976), Folktales of French Canada (1979), A Bibliography of Canadian Folklore in English (1981), Lumbering Songs from the Northern Woods (1985) and Tales Told in Canada (1986). Appointed member of Order of Canada (1978).