Mazo de la Roche’s Mary Wakefield (1949)


There were “few openings for women in the nineties” and, so, Mary Wakefield is forced to consider work as a governess in the 1890s. She is fortunate, in fact, that Ernest Whiteoak is seeking a governess for his brother’s young son (nine years old) and daughter (seven years old). Their mother

Mazo de la Roche’s Mary Wakefield (1949)2020-06-01T07:48:19-05:00

Elizabeth Taylor: A Wreath of Roses


It's not all cozy rooms with lace curtains, plants in pots, ticking clocks, ornaments and coronation mugs, the wireless playing, and tabby cats waiting. It's true that, when A Wreath of Roses opens, Camilla is waiting for the train which will take her to the countryside, to vacation

Elizabeth Taylor: A Wreath of Roses2014-03-17T13:24:29-05:00

Persephone: Why Hetty Dorval?


1949; New Canadian Library 1990 I don’t really need an answer to the question I’ve posed. I understand why Persephone would have chosen to print Hetty Dorval over The Innocent Traveller: Ethel Wilson’s first book is certainly a striking work and brings to mind other brilliant novellas (e.g.

Persephone: Why Hetty Dorval?2014-02-27T16:14:52-05:00
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