Hensley, Sophia Margaretta

Sophia Margaretta Hensley, née Almon, author, lecturer (b at Bridgetown, NS 31 May 1866; d at Windsor, NS 10 Feb 1946). An early protégé of Sir Charles G.D. ROBERTS, Hensley published articles, poetry and fiction that reflected her interest in women's issues and social tolerance. Active in literary and philanthropic circles, she studied or lived in England, France and the US but always maintained a summer residence in Barton, NS. She was living on the Isle of Jersey at the outbreak of WWII, returning to Canada in 1939. In addition to writing 10 books and periodical contributions under her own name, she used the pseudonyms Gordon Hart, J. Try-Davies and Almon Hensley. Like Roberts, Bliss CARMAN and many other Canadian literary contemporaries of her generation, she published internationally while always describing herself as "a Canadian in thought, feeling and expression."