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The Resource Unbuttoned : a history of Mackenzie King's secret life, Christopher Dummitt

Unbuttoned : a history of Mackenzie King's secret life, Christopher Dummitt

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Unbuttoned : a history of Mackenzie King's secret life
Title
Unbuttoned
Title remainder
a history of Mackenzie King's secret life
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Dummitt
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"This book is a history of the afterlife of Mackenzie King in print and in Canadian culture. When King died in 1950 little was known publicly about his eccentric private life; King's final will declared that his voluminous diary should be destroyed and its contents were carefully guarded during the research and writing of his official biography. Yet twenty five years later, his diaries were publicly available and King's private life was the subject of energetic media discussion, including coverage of CP Stacey's A Very Double Life: The Private World of Mackenzie King, the republication of H S Ferns and Bernard Ostry's The Age of Mackenzie King: Rise of the Leader, and the appearance of the third volume of the official biography by H. Blair Neatby. King increasingly came to be known in public as Weird Willie, the prime minister who communed with ghosts and cavorted with prostitutes. This book tells the story of this change and what it reveals about public attitudes towards politicians. It does so in part through detailed archival research into the specific decisions of Mackenzie King's literary executors along with close textual analysis of writing about and reporting on Mackenzie King. It also reads this story against the context of the cultural changes of the long 1960s and changing attitudes towards privacy, secrecy, morality, individualism and the rights revolution. The increasingly irreverent approach to Mackenzie King, the book argues, can be explained by the rise of a therapeutic culture of the self that increasingly based truth claims in individual experience, authenticity, and rights. In other words, the Weird Willie phenomenon is a microcosm of a fundamental historical transformation: the end of the era of the statesman."--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
CaOONL
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1973-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dummitt, Christopher
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • King, William Lyon Mackenzie
  • King, William Lyon Mackenzie
  • Prime ministers
  • Politicians
  • Political culture
Target audience
general
Label
Unbuttoned : a history of Mackenzie King's secret life, Christopher Dummitt
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 326 pages
Isbn
9780773548763
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • pr01259962
  • (CaOWLBI)pr01259962
  • 380703
Label
Unbuttoned : a history of Mackenzie King's secret life, Christopher Dummitt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 326 pages
Isbn
9780773548763
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • pr01259962
  • (CaOWLBI)pr01259962
  • 380703

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