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November 21st, 2008 • Posted in Authors and Books

Frank Wilson on Montaigne’s method of self Examination.

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Frank Wilson on Montaigne:

"The point of his writing wasn’t to advance a position, but to record a
process of thought. This is writing as an act, first and foremost, of
self-examination, not self-expression (though it is that as well, of
course). I have long thought a great opportunity has been missed in the
failure to explore the essay as a method rather than a form."

Funny, I’ve just been writing about arts funding cuts. In so doing I’m gradually finding out what I think about them. Ideas and arguments which hadn’t heretofore occurred to me despite thinking on the topic now for some days, suddenly appear as I write down my thoughts.  The act of writing really is discovery. A method, as Frank says, of self examination…of finding out what you think.

November 21st, 2008 • Posted in Uncategorized

Book Revue: My Book buying road trip through the Maritimes


November 21st, 2008 • Posted in Authors and Books

Did You Know: Anne of Green Gables was never intended for Children?


These facts (courtesy of Double Day Canada’s Adria Iwasutiak) from Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings by Mary Henley Rubio:

Anne of Green Gables, Montgomery’s first and most famous novel, was never intended for children. It was targeted at the adult reader. Fans included Mark Twain and British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin who both publicly praised the novel. 

Despite the cheerful nature of her novels and characters, Montgomery’s life was marred by much darkness and pain. For example:’

  • Her publishers L.C. Page cheated her out of tens of thousands of dollars of profit from her books. She had to stage a ten year legal battle, which she eventually won a significant settlement in 1928.
  • Ewan MacDonald, L.M.M.’s husband suffered from serious mental illness for most of his adult life. His frequent, intense depressive spells, and their accompanying paranoia, bad tempres and erratic behaviour, weighed on her oppressively.
  • Montgomery herself experienced terrible mood swings and anxiety. Medications prescribed both to her and her husband were addictive and worsened both of their afflictions.
  • When L.M.M. died in 1942 she had published more than twenty books, five hundred stories and the same number of poems. Her books were, and continue to be, read all over the English speaking world.