L. A. Lefevre

Lily Alice Lefevre (5 April 1854 – 17 October 1938) was a Canadian writer whose literary work closely linked her to her hometown of Vancouver. Her book of poems Lion's Gate and Other Verses (1895) was the first book written by a woman and published by a British Columbia publisher, Province Publishing. She was born in Kingston, Ontario. As a teenager she received a medal for writing the best poem about a carnival in Montreal, which continued to be a theme in many of her later poems.

Lefevre arrived in Vancouver in 1886 with her husband, a CPR district surgeon Dr. John Lefevre. Her husband died in 1906. In 1889 the title poem of her book first appeared in The Vancouver Daily World as The Lions' Gateway, and was published under her pen name, Fleurange. One of Lefevre's sonnets was published in a book of poetry edited by Lord Dufferin who was Governor General of Canada from 1872-1878.

Lefevre organized the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire upon the occasion of the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902. She was co-founder of the Vancouver Art Gallery. In 1934 she donated $5,000 for a scholarship and gold medal to the University of British Columbia in honor of and to commemorate her husband J.M. Lefevre. Her book The Lion's Gate was first published in 1895, but was re-launched in 1903 along with The Beaver and the Empress. In 1936 it was again re-printed for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the city of Vancouver. In 1921 A Garden By The Sea appeared. Her poem March on! Canada! was set to music by Harold Craxton.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 5, 1853 (Kingston), Died 1938 (Vancouver)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-15420 10-in. 11/23/1914 Mavis John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 47456 10-in. 4/3/1917 Mavis Ruby Helder Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 37234 12-in. 3/25/1915 Mavis Reed Miller Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick 3608 10-in. approximately Feb. 1920 Mavis Theo Karle Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 4046 10-in. 8/17/1915 Mavis Hardy Williamson Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 4595 10-in. 3/20/1916 Mavis James Harrod Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 18743 10-in. 9/20/1928 Mavis Frank Munn Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison N-446 12-in. 9/20/1928 Mavis Frank Munn Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lefevre, L. A.," accessed February 1, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103979.

Lefevre, L. A.. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 1, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103979.

"Lefevre, L. A.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 1 February 2023.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103979

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