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BOOK - Reluctant Genius, The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell
By Charlotte Gray

Impeccably researched, and written with Charlotte Gray’s unerring eye for personal and historical detail, Reluctant Genius tells the story of a man very different from his public image. Most of us think of Alexander Graham Bell as a white-bearded sage, but the young Alec Bell was a passionate and wild-eyed genius, a man given to fits of brilliance and melancholy. His technologies for photophones, tetrahedrals, flying machines and hydrodomes laid the groundwork for future achievement. And he adored his wife, Mabel, a beautiful, deaf young woman from a blueblood Boston family.

Gray goes where no other writer has gone, delving deeply into Bell’s personality and into his intense relationship with Mabel, whose background and temperament were a startling contrast to his own. Reluctant Genius takes us on an intimate journey into the golden age of invention and the vibrant life of a man whose work shaped our world.

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.
467 Pages
5.5" X 8"
Photos (B&W)
ISBN-13: 978-0-00-639476-1

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