Mrs. King

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Mrs. King:
The Life and Times of Isabel Mackenzie King
Mrs. King book cover.jpg
First edition cover of Canadian release
Author Charlotte Gray
Country Canada
Subject Biography
Genre Non-fiction, book[1]
Publisher Penguin Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 378 pp.
ISBN 9780670866748

Mrs. King: The Life and Times of Isabel Mackenzie King is a non-fiction book, written by Canadian writer Charlotte Gray, first published in 1997 by Penguin Books. In the book, the author chronicles the life of William Lyon Mackenzie's daughter; the mother of Canada's longest serving prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King. Her son portrayed her as the "ideal woman, the epitome of motherhood and an angel of goodness and light." His biographers have her portrayed as "an ambitious, grasping manipulator who pushed her eldest son into politics and then contrived to keep him a bachelor so that he could support the rest of his family."[2] Wilfrid Laurier University's Faculty of Arts panel called Mrs. King an "outstanding example of creative non-fiction", further stating, "Charlotte Gray has written a biography with the narrative power of a fine novel."[3]

Awards and honours[edit]

Mrs. King won the "Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction",[3] and the Canadian Authors Association's "Birks Foundation Award for Non-fiction". The book was also nominated for the "Viacom Award" and a "Governor-General's Award".[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Goodreads, Mrs. King, Book review, Retrieved 11/24/2012
  2. ^ CBC Books, Mrs. King, Book review, Retrieved 11/24/2012
  3. ^ a b Faculty of Arts, 1998, Edna Staebler Award, Wilfrid Laurier University, Previous winners, Charlotte Gray, Retrieved 11/24/2012
  4. ^ The Memory Project, Charlotte Gray, Retrieved 11/24/2012

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