Nellie McClung: The Complete Autobiography

Edited by Veronica Strong-Boag and Michelle Rosa

© 2003

Nellie Letitia McClung (1873-1951) is recognized as a key figure in Canadian history as well as Canadian literature. Her two-volume autobiography provides a remarkable and very readable account of a truly extraordinary life. McClung is best known for her involvement in the 1929 "Person's Case," in which the British Privy Council ruled in favour of an appeal by the "Famous Five" against the judgement of the Supreme Court of Canada that women did not qualify legally as persons. McClung had, however, been a high profile figure, as a suffragist, politician, and writer, in Canadian politics and literature for many years and remained so well into the 1940s. Her autobiography provides unique insight into Canadian public affairs in the first half of the twentieth century. Equally interesting are McClung's accounts of her early days as a child, teacher, young wife and mother. With her fine eye for detail, she makes the Canada of her time come vividly alive for readers. 

Originally published in two volumes, McClung's autobiographies found a wide audience from their first publication in 1935 and 1945. They have never before been available in a single volume. For this re-issue Veronica Strong-Boag and Michelle Lynn Rosa have written a substantial introduction and added explanatory notes that illuminate the woman and the historical context for modern readers.

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  • Page Count: 544 pages
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Nellie McClung's two-volume autobiography provides a remarkable and very readable account of a truly extraordinary life. With her fine eye for detail, she makes the Canada of her time come vividly alive for readers.

Nellie McClung: The Complete Autobiography

Edited by Veronica Strong-Boag and Michelle Rosa

© 2003

Nellie Letitia McClung (1873-1951) is recognized as a key figure in Canadian history as well as Canadian literature. Her two-volume autobiography provides a remarkable and very readable account of a truly extraordinary life. McClung is best known for her involvement in the 1929 "Person's Case," in which the British Privy Council ruled in favour of an appeal by the "Famous Five" against the judgement of the Supreme Court of Canada that women did not qualify legally as persons. McClung had, however, been a high profile figure, as a suffragist, politician, and writer, in Canadian politics and literature for many years and remained so well into the 1940s. Her autobiography provides unique insight into Canadian public affairs in the first half of the twentieth century. Equally interesting are McClung's accounts of her early days as a child, teacher, young wife and mother. With her fine eye for detail, she makes the Canada of her time come vividly alive for readers. 

Originally published in two volumes, McClung's autobiographies found a wide audience from their first publication in 1935 and 1945. They have never before been available in a single volume. For this re-issue Veronica Strong-Boag and Michelle Lynn Rosa have written a substantial introduction and added explanatory notes that illuminate the woman and the historical context for modern readers.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Veronica Strong-Boag is a professor emerita at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia.



    Michelle Lynn Rosa, a graduate of the University of British Columbia in Honours English, is pursuing graduate studies in Montreal.

  • Table of contents

    "

    Introduction: ""Some Small Legacy of Truth""

    Bibliography

    Clearing in the West

    1. The Youngest of Six
    2. The Family
    3. The House and the People
    4. Echoes from the West
    5. The Decision
    6. We Arrive
    7. On the Trail
    8. Companions on the Way
    9. The First Winter
    10. Spring Came At Last, Bringing Neighbours
    11. The Henhouse Door
    12. Social Activities
    13. The Church and the School
    14. Picnics
    15. The Way of the Transgressor
    16. Men and Machines
    17. Limitations
    18. Retribution
    19. My First Sight of Brandon
    20. Christmas Day
    21. A Visit from the Teacher
    22. Trouble in the North West
    23. The Tragic Ending
    24. The Dramateurs
    25. The Party
    26. The Family Is Extended
    27. Hands Across the Sea
    28. The First Sorrow
    29. When the Door Opened
    30. Winnipeg in 1889
    31. My First School
    32. Winds of the World
    33. Raw Material
    34. The Young Evangelists
    35. I Saw E. Cora Hind
    36. My First Political Meeting
    37. Manitou
    38. Summer Holidays
    39. In Which the First Part of My Life Ends
    40. Life Goes On, No Matter Who Dies
    41. Treherne
    42. The Royal Visit
    43. The Farm in 1895
    44. Commencement

    The Stream Runs Fast

    1. Manitou—1896
    2. Humble Beginnings
    3. Genesis
    4. The Family
    5. Town Hall Tonight
    6. Social Life
    7. The Winds of the World
    8. Strong Women
    9. The Flavour of a Hymn
    10. My First Story
    11. The First House
    12. The First Move
    13. A Gentleman of the Old School
    14. ""The Women's Parliament""
    15. The Campaign
    16. The War
    17. Westward We Go!
    18. We Take the Bitter with the Sweet
    19. New Places and People
    20. Alberta Politics
    21. Singing Up the Hill
    22. The Glad Day
    23. The Prairie Pilgrim
    24. Family Matters
    25. Up to London
    26. On the Writing of Books
    27. The Middle Years
    28. Travellers' Joy
    29. Nova Scotia
    30. The League of Nations, 1938
    31. The Way of Words
    32. Conclusion
    "

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