Miriam Waddington

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Miriam Waddington
BornMiriam Dworkin
(1917-12-23)23 December 1917
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died3 March 2004(2004-03-03) (aged 86)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Pen nameE. B. Merrit[1]
Notable worksDriving Home: Poems New and Selected

Miriam Waddington (née Dworkin, 23 December 1917 – 3 March 2004) was a Canadian poet, short story writer and translator. She was part of a Montreal literary circle that included F. R. Scott, Irving Layton and Louis Dudek.


Miriam Waddington was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she studied English at the University of Toronto (B.A. 1939) and social work at the University of Pennsylvania (M.A.). She worked for many years as a social worker in Montreal, Quebec. She later relocated to the then Toronto suburb of North York, where she worked for North York Family Services. In 1964, she joined the English department at York University. She retired in 1983.

She died in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. After her death, much of her own works and personal library were donated by her sons to the archives of Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. The donation was a significant and appreciated endowment. Her archival fonds is held at Library and Archives Canada.


Miriam Waddington was awarded Borestone Mountain Awards for best poetry in 1963, 1966, and 1974.[2] She received the J.J. Segal Award in 1972. She was the Canada Council Exchange Poet to Wales in 1980, and served as writer-in-residence at the Windsor Public Library and at the University of Ottawa.

Waddington received honorary doctorates from Lakehead University in 1975 and York University in 1985.[2]

Her poem "Jacques Cartier in Toronto" is featured on the back of the Canadian $100 bill released in 2004.



  • Green World. Montreal: First Statement, 1945.
  • The Second Silence. Toronto: Ryerson, 1955.
  • The Season's Lovers. Toronto: Ryerson, 1958.
  • Four Poems. n.p.: n.p., 196-?
  • The Glass Trumpet. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1966.
  • Flying with Milton. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Unicorn Press, 1969.
  • Say Yes. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1969.
  • Dream Telescope. London: Anvil Press Poetry, 1972.
  • Driving Home: Poems New and Selected. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1972.
  • The Price of Gold. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1976.
  • Mister Never. Winnipeg: Turnstone Press, 1978.
  • The Visitants. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1981.
  • Collected Poems. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1986.
  • The Last Landscape. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Canada: Romancing the Land - 1996
  • Advice to the Young


  • Summer at Lonely Beach and Other Stories. Oakville, ON: Mosaic Press, 1982.


  • A.M. Klein. Toronto: Copp Clark Publishing, 1970.
  • Folklore in the Poetry of A.M. Klein. St. John's, NF: Memorial University, 1981.
  • Apartment Seven: Essays New and Selected. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1989.


  • Waddington, Miriam, ed. The Collected Poems of A.M. Klein. Toronto: Mc-Graw-Hill Ryerson, 1974.
  • Waddington, Miriam, ed. John Sutherland: Essays, Controversies and Poems. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1972.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy Brock University.[3]


  1. ^ Joseph F. Clarke (1977). Pseudonyms. BCA. p. 114.
  2. ^ a b "Miriam Waddington Archived 23 February 2004 at the Wayback Machine", League of Canadian Poets, Poets.ca, Web, 13 April 2011
  3. ^ "Miriam Waddington," Canadian Women Poets, BrockU.ca, Web, 13 April 2011.

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