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BOOK - Flint and Feather, Life and Times of E. Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake
By Charlotte Gray

An elegant and exceptional portrait of Pauline Johnson Tekahionwake, written by a #1 bestselling author.

Why does this exotic woman, the 19th-century daughter of a Mohawk chief and an English gentlewoman, continue to haunt and inform our collective imagination?

Charlotte Gray conjures up the magic and the myth of the poet and performer, breathing Technicolor life into one of Canada’s most exciting—and often misunderstood—historical figures. Pauline was a woman of many selves and identities both Mohawk and English: a native advocate who captivated white audiences in Canada, England and the United States; a lyric poet who performed vaudevillian skits; a New Woman who wrote for Mother’s Magazine; an incurable romantic who never married.

Finding that it is Pauline’s complex personality rather than her uneven literary reputation that travels across the years, Gray also delves into the poet’s tragic life. Who was the young man in the photo she kept in the locket she always wore? Why was she destined to end her life in poverty, her ashes buried at her favorite spot in Stanley Park after the largest funeral Vancouver had ever seen? Why did she become on her death a bestselling author?

Driven by a graceful, novel-like narrative that reveals new and insightful information about its subject, Flint & Feather also brings to life a rich portrait of post-Confederation Canada, a country struggling with its owndual identities. The most popular performer of her era, Pauline crossed the continent seventeen times and the Atlantic three times: she celebrated the growing maturity of her country while deploring the way that its native peoples were pushed aside.

Glowing with intelligence and empathy, Flint & Feather is a masterwork from one of our most esteemed biographers.

About the Author
    Charlotte Gray is the award-winning author of Nellie McClung and Sisters in the Wilderness, which was a national bestseller for over a year, and won the CBA Libris Award 2000 and the Floyd S. Chalmers Award in Ontario History. It was listed in the Globe and Mail 100 Best Books, the Quill & Quire Best Books, the Ottawa Citizen Hot Type “Can’t Miss Guide,” as well as being shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Prize. Gray’s earlier biography, Mrs. King: The Life and Times of Isabel Mackenzie King (Viking, 1997) was equally honored: it was a national bestseller, winner of the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction, winner of the Canadian Authors Association Birks Family Foundation Award for Biography, winner of a Heritage Toronto Commendation, as well as being named to the Maclean’s Favorite Books of the Year list and shortlisted for a Governor General’s award. Also authored the national bestsellers Reluctant Genius, The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell, and Flint and Feather, The Life and Times of E. Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake, a winner of the Pierre Burton Award. A graduate of Oxford University and former Ottawa editor of Saturday Night magazine, Charlotte Gray lives in Ottawa with her family.
438 Pages
5.5" X 8"
Photos (B&W)
ISBN-13: 978-0-00-639119-7

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