The Life Writings of Mary Baker McQuesten: Victorian Matriarch (Hardback)Mary J. Anderson (editor)
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Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 732 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 27 mm
Anderson has produced a valuable edition of Mary Baker McQuesten's letters and life writings, employing a careful selection of 150 documents to illustrate the life of this Victorian matriarch and her family, her social and religious work, and her unique perspective on the culture and society of Hamilton and Canada during the Victorian and Edwardian periods. Fully annotated, these letters and life writings are supplemented by biographical information about Mary and her family, pictures and genealogies, and a discussion of personal letters as a literary genre. This volume will be invaluable to both historians and scholars of women's studies, and would be of interest to any reader who is eager to encounter a powerful and engaging personality.''--Elisabeth Anne MacDonald-Murray "Canadian Book Review Annual, 2006 "
Some of the characters in the McQuesten family saga come straight out of a Gothic novel: the wicked stepmother, the alcoholic wastrel, the sacrificial maiden, the suspected suicide and the formidable Presbyterian matriarch.''--Regina Haggo "The Hamilton Spectator, May 15, 2004 "
Operating on a tier below other reformers such as suffragist Nellie McClung (a fellow critic of the Great War), parliamentarian Agnes McPhail, and WCTU leader Laetitia Youmans, Mary Baker McQuesten represents many a tireless local activist affected by maternal feminist convictions that women must clean up the mess men had made of society, for the sake of everybody's children.''--Jan Noel
Through her expert and detailed analysis of the McQuesten letters, Mary J. Anderson lovingly places them in context -- of the family, the burgeoning city of Hamilton, the nation, and of Western society in general...The letters are riveting reading.''--Brian Henley
Mary J. Anderson has performed a valuable service for historians, women's studies scholars, and students of autobiography and cultural history by editing and disseminating the letters of Mary Baker McQuesten: public woman, family matriarch, social hostess, and above all, powerful personality. Mary McQuesten's letters form a fascinating archive of life in late-nineteenth-century and early-twentieth-century Ontario.''--Lorraine York
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