'We Wear the Mask‘: Sui Sin Far as One Example of Trickster Authorship

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'We Wear the Mask‘: Sui Sin Far as One Example of Trickster Authorship
Abstract
The British-born, Montreal-raised Edith Maud Eaton (1865-1914), who wrote under the pen name Sui Sin Far, was the first published author of Asian origin in North America. She was the daughter of Englishman Edward Eaton, a merchant who met her Chinese mother while on a business trip to Shanghai, and Grace "Lotus Blossom" Trefusis, the adopted daughter of English missionaries. Sui Sin Far began her writing career while working as a typesetter at the Montreal Daily Star, although she gained literary recognition only after moving to the United States. Her writings told what life was like for a Chinese woman in white North America. She is buried in Montreal's Mount Royal Cemetery. Sui Sin Far's sister, Winnifred Eaton (1875-1954) was also a novelist who wrote under the supposedly-Japanese pseudonym Onoto Watanna, despite the fact she was of Chinese-British ancestry.
Book Title
Tricksterism in Turn-of-the-Century American Literature: A Multicultural Perspective
Place
Hanover, NH
Publisher
University Press of New England
Date
1994
Pages
1-20
Language
en
ISBN
0-87451-680-3
Citation
White-Parks, Annette. “’We Wear the Mask‘: Sui Sin Far as One Example of Trickster Authorship.” In Tricksterism in Turn-of-the-Century American Literature: A Multicultural Perspective, edited by Elizabeth Ammons and Annette White-Parks, 1–20. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1994.
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