Canada: A Portrait in Letters, 1800-2000

Canada A Portrait in Letters In this rich and diverse collection of two centuries of letters renowned biographer Charlotte Gray gives us the inside story on how we came to be who we are As the expression of one person s thoughts
  • Title: Canada: A Portrait in Letters, 1800-2000
  • Author: Charlotte Gray
  • ISBN: 9780385658744
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Canada: A Portrait in Letters, 1800-2000
    In this rich and diverse collection of two centuries of letters, renowned biographer Charlotte Gray gives us the inside story on how we came to be who we are.As the expression of one person s thoughts, ideas, and emotions, a letter offers a unique and privileged look at a moment in history Whether written to a close friend or an entire nation, a letter speaks volumes abouIn this rich and diverse collection of two centuries of letters, renowned biographer Charlotte Gray gives us the inside story on how we came to be who we are.As the expression of one person s thoughts, ideas, and emotions, a letter offers a unique and privileged look at a moment in history Whether written to a close friend or an entire nation, a letter speaks volumes about the writer and his or her time.This is history in the making, in the fragile moment before it is rendered into an official version, its heroes and villains into two dimensional puppets In their letters, those who have been actors in Canada s defining junctures, along with those who have lived through and been affected by them, offer us familiar historical moments from exciting new perspectives and in frank, intimate, and often unexpected words.Readers will see themselves in this book whether the connection is through a letter they might have written themselves, or a letter dating from their mother s childhoods And letters penned in the first decades of the nineteenth century, though written in unfamiliar words, will touch the reader with the immediacy and timelessness of the emotions they express loneliness, excitement, determination, and pride.In Canada A Portrait in Letters, renowned biographer and popular historian Charlotte Gray weaves together than two hundred letters written by Canadians, both famous and ordinary These priceless documents are accompanied by a visual narrative of one hundred illustrations, including maps, sketches, and photographs Adding her own notes and commentary, Gray creates a captivating portrait of a country, rich in diversity and hope, once a backwater of the British Empire, that has matured to take its place among the world s cultural and economic leaders.Letters from Norman Bethune Sir Robert Borden Emily Carr Sir Winston Churchill Robertson Davies John Diefenbaker Glenn Gould Grey Owl W.L Mackenzie King Pierre Laporte Margaret Laurence Sir Wilfrid Laurier Sir John A MacDonald Marshall McLuhan L.M Montgomery Susanna Moodie Farley Mowat Emily Murphy Lester B Pearson Louis Riel Tom Thomson Catharine Parr Traill
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    About " Charlotte Gray "

  • Charlotte Gray

    Charlotte Gray is one of Canada s best known writers, and author of eight acclaimed books of literary non fiction Born in Sheffield, England, and educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, she began her writing career in England as a magazine editor and newspaper columnist After coming to Canada in 1979, she worked as a political commentator, book reviewer and magazine columnist before she turned to biography and popular history.Charlotte s most recent book is Gold Diggers, Striking It Rich in the Klondike In 2008, Charlotte published Nellie McClung, a short biography of Canada s leading women s rights activist in the Penguin Series, Extraordinary Canadians Her 2006 bestseller, Reluctant Genius The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell, won the Donald Creighton Award for Ontario History and the City of Ottawa Book Award It was also nominated for the Nereus Writers Trust Non Fiction Prize, the National Business Book Award and the Trillium Award Her previous five books, which include Sisters in the Wilderness, The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill, Flint Feather, The Life and Times of E Pauline Johnson and A Museum Called Canada, were all award winning bestsellers.Charlotte appears regularly on radio and television as a political and cultural commentator In 2004 she was the advocate for Sir John A Macdonald, Canada s first prime minister, for the CBC series The Greatest Canadian She has been a judge for several of Canada s most prestigious literary prizes, including the Giller Prize for Fiction, the Charles Taylor Prize for Non fiction and the Shaunessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.Charlotte has been awarded five honorary doctorates, from Mount St Vincent University, Nova Scotia, the University of Ottawa, Queen s University, York University and Carleton University.An Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of History at Carleton University, Charlotte is the 2003 Recipient of the Pierre Berton Award for distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history She is former chair of the board of Canada s National History Society, which publishes the magazine Canada s History formerly The Beaver She sits on the boards of the Ottawa International Authors Festival, the Art Canada Institute Institut de l Art Canadien, and the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa Charlotte is a member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.Charlotte lives in Ottawa with her husband George Anderson, and has three sons.

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  • Charlotte Gray has given to Canadians a sweet and unique gift a portrait of us in a compilation of letters drawn from our 19th and 20th centuries Suffice it to say that it s the scope of the whole that yields the portrait, and gives you a feel for a country, and not any one letter though a few are especially telling There is a rich variety here, from immensely entertaining to rather drab thankfully but a few , and from quite hilarious to profoundly sad, even haunting I imagine that the cutting r [...]


  • All of Dr Gray s work is fabulousbut reading letters as primary sources of history certainly makes it come alive A great way to learn about our heritage as Canadians.


  • Lovely book, especially if you enjoy letter format I am not even a history buff but was nice to get up close and personal glimpses of Canadian History from the point of view of famous people and Joe Public W


  • An interesting perspective, from a time when people actually put pen to paper, knowing it might be months before the letter was read I good lesson in what and how people communicated in a different age They say letter writing is a lost art.


  • The premise of the book is interesting, but once I started reading, it was not as compelling as I hoped it would be I wasn t able to make it past the first section.


  • I love reding letters but it s not for everyone They are so insightful of the times we lived in The passion for this great country is sometimes hidden in the words.



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