Constance Beresford-Howe

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Constance Beresford-Howe (10 November 1922 – 20 January 2016) was a Canadian novelist.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Constance Beresford-Howe was born in 1922 in Montreal and graduated from McGill University with an BA and MA, and from Brown University, where she completed a Ph.D. in 1950.[2] She taught English literature and creative writing at McGill in Montreal and Ryerson University in Toronto until her retirement in 1988.[3]

Beresford-Howe published ten novels between 1946 and 1991. The Book of Eve (1973), her best-known novel, tells the story of a 65-year-old woman who leaves her demanding husband for the freedom to live the way she wants. The stage version, Eve, by Larry Fineberg, premiered at the Stratford Festival in 1976.[4]

Two of Beresford-Howe's novels, A Population of One and The Marriage Bed, were made into films by the CBC.[5]



  • The Unreasoning Heart (1946)
  • Of This Day's Journey (1947)
  • The Invisible Gate (1949)
  • Lady Greensleeves (1955)
  • The Book of Eve (1973)
  • A Population of One (1976)
  • The Marriage Bed (1981)
  • Night Studies (1985)
  • Prospero's Daughter (1988)
  • A Serious Widow (1991)


  1. ^ "Beresford-Howe, Constance Elizabeth (Pressnell) Educator, Author, Lover of Literature". The Globe and Mail. 23 January 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  2. ^ Rose, M. Constance Beresford-Howe Biography. Retrieved from
  3. ^ Canadian Encyclopedia
  4. ^ Canadian Encyclopedia
  5. ^ Rose, M. Constance Beresford-Howe Biography. Retrieved from