Beresford-Howe, Constance

Constance Beresford-Howe, novelist (b at Montréal 10 Nov 1922). The author of 10 novels and various magazine pieces, Beresford-Howe was educated at McGill (BA, 1945, MA, 1946) and at Brown University (PhD, 1965). While a member of the McGill department of English (1949-71), she wrote 4 novels exploring the emotional lives of young women: The Unreasoning Heart (1946); Of This Day's Journey (1947); The Invisible Gate (1949); and My Lady Greensleeves (1955).

In 1971, Beresford-Howe moved to Toronto, where she taught English at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson Polytechnic University) until 1987. Since 1971 she has published 6 more novels: The Book of Eve (1973), A Population of One (1977), The Marriage Bed (1981),Night Studies (1985), Prospero's Daughter (1989) and A Serious Widow (1991). These novels concern the daily lives of contemporary women. Eve, a stage adaptation by Larry Fineberg of The Book of Eve, premiered at the STRATFORD FESTIVAL 14 July 1976.