Ruth Nichols (author)

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Ruth Nichols
Born 4 March 1948
Occupation Author
Genre Children's Literature

Joanna Ruth Nichols (born March 4, 1948 in Toronto) is a Canadian author, primarily of children's literature and historical fiction. She wrote her first published novel, A Walk Out of the World, at age 18.


Nichols received her B.A. in religious studies from the University of British Columbia, and her M.A. in 1972 and Ph.D. in 1977, both from McMaster University. She lectured for several years at Carleton University in Ottawa.


  • A Walk Out of the World (1969)
  • Ceremony of Innocence (1969)
  • The Marrow of the World (1972)
  • Song of the Pearl (1976)
  • The Left-Handed Spirit (1978)
  • The Burning of the Rose (1990)
  • What Dangers Deep (1992)


Nichols received the Government of India Prize in 1962 for a 100-page biography of Catherine de' Medici. The Marrow of the World received a Canada Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award in 1973.

Personal life[edit]

Nichols married William Norman Houston in September 1974. They initially lived in Ottawa and then moved to Toronto. Despite having experienced success early in life, Nichols' writing career did not flourish. Her last published novel was historical fiction, "What Dangers Deep", set in the Elizabethan era and was poorly received as it was outside her genre of children's literature. Other than the few novels she produced as an adult and despite her educational achievements, Nichols never managed to establish a career in any form of gainful employment.

After divorcing in 1998, health problems, including epilepsy, forced Nichols to live in a chronic care facility in Toronto.


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