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(KING, William Lyon Mackenzie). ESBEREY, Joy E. Knight of the Holy Spirit :A Study of William Lyon Mackenzie King. Toronto : University of Toronto Pr ess, (1980). First Edition. Pp [i]-viii,(2),-245,(1). Index. 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "This study of the personality of William Lyon Mackenzie King challenges the view that he led ‘a double life.' Througha blending of psychobiography and political analysis, Joy Esberey shows ho w King's personality traits influenced his political behaviour, and how hispersonal and public life were an integrated whole, neither contradictory n or unrelated. She explores the various traumas of his early family life, resulting in difficulties with autonomy and adequate occupational and sexual roles. She also discusses the dimensions of neurotic trends, including problems associated with his mother's death, the significance of his religious belief and need for spiritualism, the cult of money, and obsessive-compulsive defence mechanisms. King was greatly concerned with the Tennysonian ideal of knightly conduct - pure and heroic social leadership. This trait is defined in terms of his relationships with women and with such men as Lord Tweedsmuir, Loring Christie, and Vincent Massey. His role as policy maker is considered in light of the assertion that consensus rather than compromise characterized his behaviour. This hypothesis is explored through a study oftariff policy and relations with Britain, and through the model of King as peacemaker and his visit to Hitler. Throughout the book, the author makes exxtensive use of King's letters and diary, illuminating his personality and showing how, despite his quirks and oddities, he managed to keep himself in balance. This fresh view of King concludes with a brief description of consistencies and repetitions in his personal and political conduct in his declining years." - from the dj. Very good in edgeworn and lightly browned dustjacket. 25.00
Title: Knight of the Holy Spirit : A Study of William Lyon Mackenzie King.
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Toronto , 1980, ISBN:0802055028:
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