Pseudonyms used by Winnifred Eaton

Winnifred Eaton may be better known today as Onoto Watanna, the Japanese-sounding pseudonym under which she wrote most popularly and most prolifically. But she experimented with several other authorial identities over the course of her career. Some, like Ellis Eaton, obscured her gender; others, like Winnifred Eaton Reeve, appeared to reflect the names under which she went about in Calgary society. Ironically, she published her most personal writings, Me and Marion, under no name at all. The variety and variations of Winnifred Eaton’s many names point to a writer who may have seen identity--or at least names--as fluid and ever-shifting.
PseudonymUsesDocuments by Date
Winnie Eaton1
Ellis Eaton1
Onota Watanna1
Kitishimi Tasha Hasche1
Onoto Watanna (winifred Reeve)1
O. W1
Winnifred Eaton2
Winifred Reeve3
The Author Of Me3
Winnifred Eaton Reeve6
Winnifred Reeve10
Onoto Watanna128

People Mentioned

Mary Chapman

Mary Chapman is the Director of The Winnifred Eaton Archive, a Professor of English, and Academic Director of the Public Humanities Hub at University of British Columbia. She is the author of the award-winning monograph Making Noise, Making News: Suffrage Print Culture and US Modernism (Oxford UP) and of numerous articles about American literature and women writers. She has also edited Becoming Sui Sin Far: Early Fiction, Journalism and Travel Writing by Edith Maude Eaton (McGill-Queen’s UP) and published essays on the Eaton sisters in American Quarterly, MELUS, Legacy, Canadian Literature, and American Periodicals. Her current research project is a microhistory of the Eaton family. For more information, see

Jean Lee Cole

Jean Lee Cole is Senior Consultant on The Winnifred Eaton Archive, author of The Literary Voices of Winnifred Eaton: Redefining Ethnicity and Authenticity (2002), co-editor of A Japanese Nightingale and Madame Butterfly: Two Orientalist Texts (2002, with Maureen Honey), and editor of the original Winnifred Eaton Digital Archive (2004). She is Professor of English at Loyola University Maryland.

Joey Takeda

Joey Takeda is the Technical Director of The Winnifred Eaton Archive and the User Interface Developer at the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (Simon Fraser University). He is also an M.A. student in English at the University of British Columbia where his research focuses on Indigenous and diasporic Canadian literature; he is currently completing a digital edition of His Royal Nibs.