Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture in Canada 1925-1960

Beryl Gray

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Editorial commentary


Nomads of the Sea. Short story. Canadian Home Journal Apr. 1929: 6-7, 94+

The Tyrants. Short story. Maclean's 15 May 1930: 14.+

The Next-Door Neighbours. Short story. Canadian Home Journal Jan. 1931: 16+

The Most Adorable Poem. Short story. Maclean's 15 Jan 1931: 16+

An Infinite Madness. Short story. Chatelaine June 1931: 10+

The Stowaway. Short story. Chatelaine Mar. 1932: 19+

Celia’s June. Short story. Chatelaine Oct. 1932: 10+

Children of the Valley. Short story. Chatelaine Feb. 1933: 7+

The Lighthouse. Short story. Maclean's 15 Mar. 1933+

The New Home. Short story. Chatelaine May 1933: 10+

Loraine of the Rock. Short story. Chatelaine Aug. 1933: 8+

The Young Conspirators. Short story. Chatelaine Oct. 1933: 7+

Through the Years. Short story. Chatelaine May 1934: 7

The Black Siberians. Short story. Chatelaine Aug 1934: 10+

House of Forgotten Laughter. Short story. Chatelaine Feb. 1935: 20

The Settling of Lorna. Short story. Chatelaine Jan. 1936: 12

Sweet Fool. Short story. Chatelaine Feb. 1936: 14

Return to Life. Short story. Chatelaine July 1936: 10

Karola. Short story. Canadian Home Journal Mar. 1936: 10+

Steve of Cragg Section. Short story. Maclean's 1 May 1937: 14+

The Exile. Short story. Maclean's 15 Mar. 1938: 16+

Fool Kid. Short story. Maclean's 15 Oct. 1938: 16+

Life Sentence. Short story. Chatelaine Aug 1939: 14

Prelude to a Wedding. Short story. Chatelaine May 1940: 12

Snacks and Smacks. Short story. Chatelaine Aug. 1940: 12

The Captive Heart. Short story. Chatelaine Feb. 1946: 6

This for Remembrance. Short story. Chatelaine July 1946: 14

That Boy of Ed’s. Short story. Maclean’s 1 Jan. 1947: 16+

The Little Fears. Short story. Canadian Home Journal Mar. 1947: 14+

The Secret Places. Short story. Chatelaine Apr. 1947: 12

Editorial Commentary

‘The Canadian Home Journal takes a special pleasure in introducing several new comers this month and well known writers ... Beryl Gray is another newcomer and hails from British Columbia. In her story “Nomads of the Sea,” she pictures just what might happen to any of her own coast towns-people where the lure of the sea and modern mothers must be taken into account.’ (Editorial. Canadian Home Journal Apr. 1929: 120)

‘Beryl Gray, who wrote “The Stowaway,” has a special place on the contributors’ list, as Chatelaine published her first story. She is only twenty-five and is a business girl of Vancouver. She was born near London, England, and has lived in Canada since 1913, so that she is very much a Canadian. She confesses thusly: “My childhood was one of delightful freedom near one of the Vancouver beaches, and in the summer I barely knew what it was to wear shoes or stockings. I managed to fall into the sea on an average of once a day, and though nothing of dragging small boys down the street by their hair. Although I like to write of family life, I do not belong to a large family – just my parents, my young sister, and myself. I am in business, so that writing is still confined to spare time.’ (Editorial by Byrne Hope Sanders, Chatelaine Mar. 1932, p. 2)

‘I think Beryl Gray’s story, “Celia’s June,” one of the most human and true-to-life stories I have read in some time. Miss Gray lives in Vancouver, and is still in her twenties. She works in an office all day, and writes for a hobby.’ (Editorial by Byrne Hope Sanders, Chatelaine Oct. 1932: 2)

‘Beryl Gray, one of our favorite authors, to judge by the fan mail that appears in the weeks after the publishing of a new story, brings one of those tales that could only be written of Canada. Miss Gray, whose home is in Vancouver, in "The Black Siberians" tells the dramatic story of a little Vancouver office worker, who marries a romantic new Canadian and is taken to his strange and unfathomable family of Russians in northern British Columbia. There's so much of this enthralling romance in the clashing personalities of our own land – and yet so few writers set it down!’ (Editorial by Byrne Hope Sanders, Chatelaine Aug. 1934, p. 1)

‘Hundreds of you have written to say that you enjoy Beryl Gray’s stories. “House of Forgotten Laughter” should add to this Vancouver girl’s mail.’ (Editorial by Byrne Hope Sanders, Chatelaine Feb. 1935: np)

‘I’ve had a lot of letters from you, asking for another story by Beryl Gray, of Vancouver. She has a knack of putting reality into her work that makes any of her stories memorable. You’ll step into one of Canada’s lonely fishing ports when you begin “The Settling of Lorna.” Perhaps you’ll feel, like the city-bred Lorna, that you don’t want to stay. But I doubt it.’  (Editorial by Byrne Hope Sanders, Chatelaine Jan. 1936: 2)

‘One of the best-loved writers of our Dominion is Beryl Gray of British Columbia. Her “Sweet Fool” has a brand-new solution for the woman who finds that her husband is falling in love with someone else. Do you think that Peggy’s solution was accidental—or skilfully planned?’ (Editorial by Byrne Hope Sanders, Chatelaine Feb. 1936: 2)

‘Mustn’t forget to draw special attention to Beryl Gray from British Columbia, an her thought-prooking story, “Return to Life.” Miss Gray always, you’ll find, gets the feeling of a rich Canadianism into her stories.’ (Editorial by Byrne Hope Sanders, Chatelaine July 1936: 2)

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