The Resource Just a larger family : letters of Marie Williamson from the Canadian home front, 1940-1944, Mary F. Williamson and Tom Sharp, editors

Just a larger family : letters of Marie Williamson from the Canadian home front, 1940-1944, Mary F. Williamson and Tom Sharp, editors

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Just a larger family : letters of Marie Williamson from the Canadian home front, 1940-1944
Title
Just a larger family
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letters of Marie Williamson from the Canadian home front, 1940-1944
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Mary F. Williamson and Tom Sharp, editors
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Language
eng
Summary
  • The Second World War had been under way for a year when Marie and John Williamson welcomed two English brothers to join them for the duration of the conflict. Marie and John, who lived with their own two children in a small house in north Toronto, had met the boys' mother, Margaret Sharp---a distant cousin of Marie---just once. Nobody had any idea how long the war would last. What were they getting themselves into? Nevertheless, all Canadians, Marie was convinced, wanted to do their bit for Britain --
  • Marie wrote over 150 letters to Margaret Sharp between August 1940 and May 1944, imagining that she could make Margaret feel she was still with her children. She shepherded the boys through education decisions and illnesses, eased their adaptation to a strange new life, and rejoiced when they embraced unfamiliar winter sports. The letters brim with detail about food shortages and rationing, family holidays, the family's efforts to cope with the financial implications of two extra mouths to feed, their involvement in their church, and the games and activities that kept them occupied. Marie's letters reflect the lives and concerns of a particular family in Toronto, but they also reveal a portrait of what was then Canada's second-largest city during wartime --
  • Although many aspects of daily life went on as before, and the children attended school and took part in other activities, the family made many sacrifices. Supplies of coal and wood were diminished, and citizens were subjected to blackouts, air raid exercises, and gasoline rationing --
  • The preface is by Mary F. Williamson, Marie's daughter, and Tom Sharp, Margaret's youngest son. The book features a scholarly introduction by Jonathan Vance that puts the letters in historical context. Compelling reading for the general reader, this book provides important material for scholars of social history and life writing --Book Jacket
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Also issued in electronic format.
Biography type
contains biographical information
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1898-1969
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Williamson, Marie
Dewey number
940.53/161
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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1931-
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  • Williamson, Mary F
  • Sharp, Tom
Series statement
Life writing series
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  • Williamson, Marie
  • Sharp, Margaret
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Toronto (Ont.)
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Just a larger family : letters of Marie Williamson from the Canadian home front, 1940-1944, Mary F. Williamson and Tom Sharp, editors
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Publication
Contents
  • Machine generated contents note:
  • Family Tree
  • 1940
  • 1941
  • 1942
  • 1943
  • 1944
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxii, 378 p.
Isbn
9781554582662
Other physical details
ill.
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  • (CaMWU)u2211634-01umb_inst
  • 2374971
  • (Sirsi) i9781554582662
  • (OCoLC)662578653
Label
Just a larger family : letters of Marie Williamson from the Canadian home front, 1940-1944, Mary F. Williamson and Tom Sharp, editors
Publication
Contents
  • Machine generated contents note:
  • Family Tree
  • 1940
  • 1941
  • 1942
  • 1943
  • 1944
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxii, 378 p.
Isbn
9781554582662
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2211634-01umb_inst
  • 2374971
  • (Sirsi) i9781554582662
  • (OCoLC)662578653

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