Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture in Canada 1925-1960

Madge Macbeth

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Editorial commentary

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The Manzanita. Short story. Maclean's 15 Feb. 1920: 27-8, 52, 54

Leaves of Kachuboong. Short story. Maclean's 1 Dec. 1920: 17+

Miss Marriott's Gift. Short story. Maclean's 15 Feb. 1925: 9+

Of Far Greater Importance. Short story. Maclean's 1 Sept. 1925: 18+

Women Who Keep Political Secrets. Article. Maclean's 15 Sept. 1925: 14+

Fifty-Seven Minutes. Short story. Maclean's 15 Nov. 1925: 16+

The Only Paris. Article. Mayfair May 1927: 14-15, 46, 48

Where in – Paris, Shall We Go for Tea? Article. Mayfair June 1927: 14-15

Fragrant Glimpses of Italy. Article. Mayfair July 1927: 18-19, 48

Printemps à La Paris. Article. Mayfair Aug. 1927: 18-19, 48

Fragrant Glimpses of Italy. Article. Mayfair Sept. 1927: 22-3, 48

Fragrant Glimpses of Italy. Article. Mayfair Oct. 1927: 40-41, 69

Canada’s First Carilloneur. Article. Maclean's 15 Oct 1927: 14+

I Destra Desperately Through Pisa. Article. Mayfair Nov. 1927: 18-19, 56

The Various Cities Called Paris. Article. Mayfair Dec. 1927: 16-17, 56

What Do You Eat for Breakfast? Article. Mayfair Jan. 1928: 19, 50

What Do You Wear in Bed? Article. Mayfair Mar. 1928: 35, 70

Over the Gangplank to Spain. Article. Mayfair May 1928: 17, 50, 52

Pasar Los Ojos. Article. Mayfair June 1928: 18-19, 88

Sprained Ankles. Short story. Chatelaine June 1928: 10

Aproveche. Article. Mayfair July 1928: 20-21, 50, 52

Oodles of History. Article. Mayfair Sept. 1928: 20-21, 56, 61

Older Than Spain. Article. Mayfair Oct. 1928: 21, 118, 120, 122

"Until Love Dies" Or the Courts Do Us Part. Article. Chatelaine Nov. 1928: 3

Something New in Antiques. Article. Mayfair Nov. 1928: 20-21, 56, 60

Three Capitals of Moorish Spain. Article. Mayfair Jan. 1929: 21, 52, 54

The East Fetes of Sevilla. Article. Mayfair Apr. 1929: 25, 112, 114, 116

The Goose’s Sauce. Short story. Chatelaine Oct. 1931: 3

Empire Host. Article. Mayfair Sept. 1932: 20-21, 62, 64, 66

Mallorca-Conscious. Article. Mayfair June 1933: 23, 50

The Gentleman’s Role. Short story. Canadian Home Journal Nov. 1933: 21+

Their Excellencies Go to Church. Article. Mayfair Jan. 1934: 9, 40, 42

Sheep Skin and Homespun. Article. Mayfair June 1935: 35, 54

They Bring Us Foreign Lands. Article. Mayfair Dec. 1935: 41, 70, 72, 74, 85

[with Leslie T. White] The Seven Justices of the Red Robes. Article. Maclean’s 1 Apr. 1936: 26+

Impressions of Buenos Aires. Article. Mayfair June 1936: 24-5, 62, 64

Sales Over The Equator. Article. Maclean’s 1 Oct. 1936: 19+

Ottawa on the Go. Article. Mayfair Jan. 1937: 24-5+

Playing Near Popocatepetl. Article. Mayfair May 1937: 50-51+

Mexico and Manana. Article. Maclean’s 15 Mar. 1938: 24+

If I Were at Home. Article. Mayfair Dec. 1943: 28-30, 48

Crystal Gazing in Ottawa. Article. Mayfair Jan. 1945: 30-31, 56, 58

Society Contrasts in the Capital. Article. Mayfair Feb. 1945: 28-9, 58, 61

Behind the Tomes. Article. Mayfair Feb. 1945: 31, 62

Behind the Obvious. Article. Mayfair June 1945: 48, 85

Music For Many. Article. Mayfair June 1945: 50, 73

Volunteers in May Court. Article. Mayfair July 1945: 30, 50-51

More Ice Please. Article. Mayfair Aug. 1945: 38, 64

Ballet Moderne. Article. Mayfair Sept. 1945: 52, 70

Diplomatic Dishes That Persuade The Palate. Article. Mayfair Nov. 1945: 44, 92, 94

Grenada – Isle of Spices. Article. Mayfair Jan. 1949: 62-3

Editorial Commentary

‘Mrs. Macbeth has come to look over the proofs of her story, “Of Far Greater Importance,” a psychological love story which has pleased her very much to write. I tell her I am scheduling this for one of the June issues, and as we discuss “ships and sealing wax” even an editorial office seems to have its attractions.’ (In the Editor's Confidence. Editorial. Maclean's 15 Apr. 1925: 2)

‘Madge Macbeth contributed to MacLean's in almost its earliest days. Mrs. Macbeth has spent the major portion of the summer in the Rocky Mountains, where she has been breaking new trails with the “Trail Riders” - that unique organisation formed three or four years ago by J. Murray Gibbon, the indefatigable C. P. R. publicist. Mrs. Macbeth was saving the plot of “Of Far Greater Importance” for a full-length novel, but finally decided to put it on paper as a short story.’ (In the Editor's Confidence. Maclean's 1 Sept. 1925: 2)

‘Take for instance the articles which Madge Macbeth, has been sending us from Europe. It is no mere happen-so that you have been entertained these three months by her clever letters – and that further instalments are in prospect for your amusement and interest. Madge Macbeth went to Europe on pleasure bent. “Off for the first real holiday in years,” she confided as she started upon her hegira. Then came Mayfair and with editorial persistence we compelled her to take pen in hand. The result? You know it full well by now. I leave it to you, but I wager that you have never read more scintillating letters from abroad. Her expressions always so sparkling; her viewpoint so invariably different. If you have been over a dozen times you will still find piquant appeal in her re-telling.’ (Editorial. Mayfair July 1927: 9)

‘Another amusing article on Spain by the inimitable Madge Macbeth – who writes – “from the age of fourteen ... until ninety-eight, when he is no longer able to utter them, a man is permitted to express openly his appreciation of feminine pulchritude – ‘No wonder the stars are invisible at night,’ he will murmur, ‘they must have taken refuge in your eyes ...’ It is really a delightful pastime,” she concludes, “once you get used to it.”’ (Editorial. Mayfair Oct. 1928: 15)

‘The postal address of Madge Macbeth is Ottawa, but I always take care to put “Please Forward” on the envelope whenever I write her. For there are always ten chances to one that she will be in Madrid, or crossing the Andes in a canoe, or a yak, or whatever it is that crosses the Andes. At the present moment I think she is in South America. She was there a few weeks ago, at any rate, gathering up all sorts of ideas of value to anybody who would like to sell something to the South Americans. A lot of them – ideas, that is – will be found in her article “Sales Over the Equator,” on page nineteen.’ (In the Editor’s Confidence. Editorial. Maclean’s 1 Oct. 1936: 2)

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