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Anne Wilkinson (1910-1961)

Born Anne Gibbons in Toronto into one of Upper Canada's most dintinguished families, the Oslers, Anne Wilkinson's early life of privilege in London, Ontario under private tutelage or at progressive schools in the United States and France provided her with much to write about. After marrying a surgeon in 1932 she brought up three children and eventually published two books of poetry: Counterpoint to sleep (1951) and The hangman ties the holly (1955). Her tracing of her family story, in Lions in the way (1956) provides an accurate and intelligent social history of Upper Canada. She was a founding editor of, and generous patron to, The Tamarack Review. The collected poems of Anne Wilkinson, edited by A.J.M. Smith was published posthumously in 1968.