Nellie Letitia McClung (1873-1951) is recognized as a key figure
in Canadian history as well as Canadian literature. Her two-volume
autobiography provides a remarkable and very readable account of a
truly extraordinary life. McClung is best known for her involvement
in the 1929 "Person's Case," in which the British Privy Council
ruled in favour of an appeal by the "Famous Five" against the
judgement of the Supreme Court of Canada that women did not qualify
legally as persons. McClung had, however, been a high profile
figure, as a suffragist, politician, and writer, in Canadian
politics and literature for many years and remained so well into
the 1940s. Her autobiography provides unique insight into Canadian
public affairs in the first half of the twentieth century. Equally
interesting are McClung's accounts of her early days as a child,
teacher, young wife and mother. With her fine eye for detail, she
makes the Canada of her time come vividly alive for readers.
Originally published in two volumes, McClung's autobiographies
found a wide audience from their first publication in 1935 and
1945. They have never before been available in a single volume. For
this re-issue Veronica Strong-Boag and Michelle Lynn Rosa have
written a substantial introduction and added explanatory notes that
illuminate the woman and the historical context for modern
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