Margaret Nims took her B. A. and M.A. at the University of Toronto, her Masters thesis being a study of James Beattie as a man of letters. She joined the Department of English at St. Michael's College (Loretto College) in 1944 and was cross-appointed later to the Centre for Medieval Studies. In 1963 she selected and co-edited poems by FitzGerald, Clough, and the Rosettis for the seventh edition of Representative Poetry. She remains well known for her translation of Geoffrey of Vinsauf's Poetria Nova, published in 1967. She retired in 1982.