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Aunt Winnie
1st edition
By (author): Elspeth Cameron
9781770862906 Hardcover, Flaps English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women Toronto Sep 01, 2013
$29.95 CAD
Out of print 5.85 x 8.78 x 0.85 in | 480 gr 224 pages Cormorant Books

Governor General’s Literary Award-nominated biographer Elspeth Cameron turns her eye on a member of her own family in this fascinating study of an Edwardian woman. Winnie Cameron, Elspeth’s aunt, was born in Seattle, raised briefly in Dawson City, and then moved to Toronto to live in Rosedale with her family in the 1910s. Enjoying status as a member of Toronto’s ruling Anglophile elite, she became a perpetual debutante – a lifestyle that left her bankrupt, unable to cope with the demands of her changing times.

Aunt Winnie is not just a study of one socialite’s rise and fall. Over the course of her life, Winnie saw the city change from one dominated by the English and Scottish immigrants, horse-drawn buggies, to a multicultural city where the car reigned supreme. Her life is embedded in a greater story about Toronto of the early 20th century.

Elspeth Cameron is the author of three award-winning biographies: Hugh MacLennan: A Writer's Life (1981), Irving Layton: A Portrait (1985), and Earle Birney: A Life (1994). Her 1997 memoir No Previous Experience won the W.O. Mitchell Literary Prize. And Beauty Answers (2007), was shortlisted for the 2008 Toronto Book Awards. She was also the recipient of the UBC Medal for Canadian Biography in 1981 and the City of Vancouver Book Award in 1995. She has taught English and Canadian Studies at Concordia University and the University of Toronto, and was a professor in the English Language and Literature Department at Brock University.

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