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At face value : the life and times of Eliza McCormack/John White

Author: Donald H Akenson
Publisher: Montreal ; Buffalo : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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While tracing the history of John White, a trustworthy, nineteenth-century Tory backbencher with an unusual understand-ing of the political situation of women and indigenous minorities, Don Akenson found gaps and inconsistencies in the records. The conventional biography of White simply does not mesh with the facts. Akenson, however, has written a biography that does. In a parish register in Ireland, Akenson  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Fiction
Biographical fiction
Named Person: Eliza McCormack; John White; Eliza McCormack White; John White; Eliza McCormack; John White
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donald H Akenson
ISBN: 0773507655 9780773507654
OCLC Number: 24174532
Description: xiii, 245 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Responsibility: Don Akenson.

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While tracing the history of John White, a trustworthy, nineteenth-century Tory backbencher with an unusual understand-ing of the political situation of women and indigenous minorities, Don Akenson found gaps and inconsistencies in the records. The conventional biography of White simply does not mesh with the facts. Akenson, however, has written a biography that does. In a parish register in Ireland, Akenson discovered a record naming an Eliza McCormack White as John's sister. Employing imaginative reconstruction, he proposes that Eliza McCormack, a transvestite prostitute who was in central Canada at the time John White arrived on the Canadian scene, was actually John's sister. Further, he suggests that John White can be best understood by recognizing that he was in fact Eliza!--publisher.

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