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Must Write: Edna Staebler's Diaries

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Long before she became the renowned author of the best-selling Schmecks cookbooks, an award-winning journalist for magazines such as Macleans, and a creative non-fiction mentor, Edna Staebler was a writer of a different sort. Staebler began serious diary writing at the age of sixteen and continued to write for over eighty years. Must Write: Edna Staebler's Diaries draws from these diaries selections that map Staebler's construction of herself as a writer and documents her frustrations and struggles, along with her desire to express herself, in writing. She felt she must write--that not to write was a "denial of life"--while at the same time she doubted the value of her scribblings. Spanning much of the twentieth century--each decade is introduced by an overview of key events in the author's life during that period--the diaries vividly illuminate both her intensely personal experiences and her broader social world. The volume also presents four key examples of Staebler's public writing: her first published magazine article; her first award-winning publication; the opening chapter of her book Cape Breton Harbour; and her lively account of the Great Cookie War.

Must Write: Edna Staebler's Diaries portrays an ordinary woman's struggle to write in the context of her lived experience. "All my life I have talked about writing and kept scribbling in my notebook, as if that makes me a writer," wrote Staebler in 1986. This volume argues that the very act of writing the diaries, with all their contradictory accounts of writerly ambition, success, and conflict, made Staebler the writer she yearned to be.

BiographyBiography: generalBiographyDiaries, letters & journalsBiographyMemoirsEssays & WritingLiterary Criticism Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press Publication Date: 30/09/2005 ISBN-13: 9780889204812  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Christl Verduyn is a professor of Canadian Studies and Womenas Studies at Trent University. Her books include Margaret Laurence : An Appreciation; Dear Marian, Dear Hugh: The MacLennan-Engel Correspondence; Lifelines: Marian Engelas Writings and Literary Pluralities . She received the Gabrielle Roy Book Prize for Lifelines . Edna Staebler who recently passed away in her 101st year was an award-winning journalist and a regular contributor to Macleans, Chatelaine, and many other magazines. She is the author of Cape Breton Harbour, Places Ive Been and People Ive Known and the Schmecks cookbook series. Must Write: Edna Staeblers Diaries, edited by Christl Verduyn, was published by Laurier Press in 2005.

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