Jane Rule claimed she was a tomboy growing up and felt like an outsider for reaching six feet tall and being dyslexic. When she was 15, she read The Well of Loneliness and wrote later, "suddenly discovered that I was a freak."
Perhaps. But most consider her one of the best known Canadian authors and lesbian activist. Her most famous book, Desert of the Heart, was rejected by 22 publishers before it was finally published in 1964. The novel features a romance between two women and was adapted into a 1985 film starring Helen Shaver.
Rule was awarded the Order of Canada in 2007, shortly before her death from liver cancer. Her ashes were interred in Galiano Island Cemetery next to those of Helen Hubbard Wolfe Sonthoff, her beloved partner since 1956.