Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture in Canada 1925-1960

Nellie McClung

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All We Like Sheep. Short story in two parts.  Maclean's 1 Mar., 15 Mar. 1920: 14+; 20+

“-And All Points North!" Maclean's 15 Dec. 1920: 31+

Shall We Reform Mothers' Day? Article. Maclean's 1 May 1925: 11+

“I'll Never Tell My Age Again." Article. Maclean's 15 Mar. 1926: 15+

The Bible in Everyday Life. Article. Canadian Home Journal May 1928: 20

Keeping Friends With the Family. Article. Canadian Home Journal Oct. 1928: 12, 101

Our Present Discontents. Article. Canadian Home Journal Mar. 1929: 9, 30

Cats. Article. Canadian Home Journal Sept. 1929: 8-9

The Girl From God Knows Where. Short story. Maclean's 15 Jan. 1931: 3+

The Black Curse. Short story. Chatelaine Sept. 1931: 12

The Minister's Wife. Article. Chatelaine Dec. 1931: 12

This Time of Wonders. Two-part story. Canadian Home Journal July and Aug. 1933: ?; 19+

Shall Women Preach? Article. Chatelaine Sept. 1934: 14

Was Marriage Easier Then? Yes! Article. Chatelaine Dec. 1935: 13

Editorial Commentary

'When you read a story by Nellie McClung you carry it in your heart and memory ever more. Her story “The Bible" in this issue leaves one with the feeling that one has read a great story written with a greater simplicity.' (Editorial. Canadian Home Journal May 1928: 112)

'In “Keeping Friends with the Family" by Nellie McClung and “A Spinster Who Thinks it's a Joke" by Anne Onymous, we have two sister stories, but not a bit alike. Mrs. McClung gives a little lesson on feuds in family life while Miss Anne Onymous gives a sparkling satire on the popular conception of spinsterhood. They are both too good to miss.' (Editorial. Canadian Home Journal Oct. 1928: 112)

'In this September issue two stories by well known Canadian authors stand out prominently ... “Cats", and not the prize winning, beauty contesting kind, but the ordinary garbage can variety, contributed by Nellie L. McClung is a delicious little piece of humour that even the anti-cat league will thoroughly enjoy. Cats with careers they are and doing their bit for their great needy country.' (Editorial. Canadian Home Journal Sept. 1929: 104)

'Nellie McClung of Calgary, who with L. M. Montgomery is probably one of our most universally known writers, contributes the first of a number of short stories and articles to appear in early issues. And I imagine that her first story in The Chatelaine, “The Black Curse," will not pass without comment from many of you.' (Editorial. Chatelaine Sept. 1931: 74)

'Nellie McClung is one of those contributors who make me realize th bitter truth in this page's heading—for “A Moment" is all we have in reality. And how can one give any kind of a personality sketch of such a vigorous person as Nellie McClung in a few lines?
For those of you who have not met Mrs. McClung let me tell you that she is as human and as feminine, and as geuine as the stories and articles which she writes. That she is charming; vitally interested in everything which affects womanhood, and that she retains the enthusiasm of her girlhood, although she uses some of it for her granddaughter. She can write with an understanding and a simplicity that make you remember her ideas—read her article on ministers' wives in this issue and see! She can speak with force and humor. She can apparently do a dozen things at once. And she has promised to write for The Chatelaine frequently in the coming year. Her new book of short stories “Flowers for the Living," is just off the press—and it's a very refreshing book indeed. “The Black Curse" her story that was published recently in this magazine, is included in the contents. Finally, Mrs. McClung's home is in Calgary though she is to be found in every part of Canada, on speaking tours, business trips or holidays." (Editorial by Byrne Hope Sanders in Chatelaine Dec. 1931)

'After a longish absence from these pages, Nellie McClung returns with what, in our opinion, is the best short story she ever wrote “The Girl From God Knows Where." Mrs. McClung still regards Calgary as the most congenial city in which to dwell. Beryl Gray, author of “The Most Adorable Poem," thinks the same about Vancouver ...' (In the Editor's Confidence. Editorial. Maclean's 15 Jan. 1931: 56)

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