Harry Ferns, Bernard Ostry, and The Age of Mackenzie King: Liberal Orthodoxy and its Discontents in the 1950s

Dummitt, Christopher
November 2010
Labour / Le Travail;Fall2010, Vol. 66, p107
Academic Journal
The article discusses the career of Canadian historian Henry (Harry) Ferns and his writing with Bernard Ostry of a biography of Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, "The Age of Mackenzie King." Ferns's early communist sympathies and his difficulty securing employment in Canada because of it is discussed, as is his move to England, and his plan for a King biography. Fern and Ostry's difficulties gaining access to government records on King are discussed, as are relations between the two scholars, and the impact of the book when it was published in 1955.


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