Lucy Maud Montgomery

Lucy Maud Montgomery : The Gift of Wings

By (author) Mary Henley Rubio

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Mary Henley Rubio has spent over two decades researching Montgomery's life, and has put together a comprehensive and penetrating picture of this Canadian literary icon, all set in rich social context. Extensive interviews with people who knew Montgomery - her son, maids, friends, relatives, all now deceased - are only part of the material gathered in a journey to understand Montgomery that took Rubio to Poland and the highlands of Scotland. <br>From Montgomery's apparently idyllic childhood in Prince Edward Island to her passion-filled adolescence and young adulthood, to her legal fights as world-famous author, to her shattering experiences with motherhood and as wife to a deeply troubled man, this fascinating, intimate narrative of her life will engage and delight.

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  • Hardback | 684 pages
  • 165.1 x 238.76 x 45.72mm | 1,065.94g
  • 03 Oct 2008
  • Doubleday Canada
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0385659830
  • 9780385659833
  • 558,446

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Mary Henley Rubio is University Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph. She co-edited The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery (five volumes, 1985-2004), co-authored Writing a Life: L.M. Montgomery, and edited Harvesting Thistles: The Textual Garden of L.M. Montgomery. Her most recent book is the Norton Critical Edition of Anne of Green Gables.

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"Rubio deftly paints the portrait of a multitasking modern woman with an amazing work ethic. The biography soars with the energy of its title, but delves even deeper into Montgomery's dark side."<br>-- "The Globe and Mail<br>"<br>"A poignant story about a real family.... The result of Rubio's research is pure Canadian Gothic: a story of sexual repression, class conflict and family secrets."<br>-- "The Gazette "(Montreal)<br><br>"Absolutely gripping ... nothing short of brilliant, an un-put-downable read, and a wonderful examination of this troubled woman's tragic life."<br>-- "Ottawa Citizen<br>"<br>"Magisterial.""<br>"-- "National Post"

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A very readable, yet scholarly biography

I am currently reading The Gift of Wings, a biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery by Mary Rubio. It is a very readable, informative account of Montgomery's personal life. The author draws upon the personal journals and diaries of the famous author and I am learning things about her that are of great interest to me, personally, particularly that she suffered from bouts of severe depression throughout her life. Despite this, through determination, she was able to pen a wealth of poems, short stories, and novels, most of which were published. Contained within the pages of this biography are morsels of interesting information about such notable Canadians as Earl Grey, Governor General of Canada and Dr. Andrew McPhail. Mention is made also of Dr. John McRae. For anyone interested in Canadian history, this is a pleasant way to learn things that one might not otherwise have the opportunity to discover.show more
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