Mistress of the Blue Castle

The Writing Life of Phebe Florence Miller

Vicki Hallett (Author) 

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Phebe Florence Miller was a poet and postmistress who lived in Topsail, Newfoundland and Labrador from 1889–1979. Despite her success as a poetic voice in the 1920s and ’30s, Miller is an obscure figure for today’s readers. This book brings her life and her contributions to Newfoundland and Labrador culture back into focus through the lens of her most personal writing. Mistress of the Blue Castle: The Writing Life of Phebe Florence Miller is an evocative exploration of the ways that identity and place are created together through the diaries, journals, poems and letters that this mercurial artist left behind.


Vicki S. Hallett is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender Studies at Memorial University. For many years her research and writing have focussed on the co-constitutive aspects of identity and place as expressed through life narrative. She is from Newfoundland and Labrador.


ISERBooks. Softcover. Published in 2018. 212 pages. ISBN 9781894725491.

$24.95 CAD

Subjects: Autobiography/BiographyCulture, Politics, and IdentityNewfoundland and Labrador Studies