William Lyon Mackenzie King

William Lyon Mackenzie King

William Lyon Mackenzie King

William Lyon Mackenzie King

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Late in 1950, the Literary Executors of the late Mr. Mackenzie King, W. Kaye Lamb, F. A. McGregor, J. W. Pickersgill and Norman A. Robertson, decided to make his papers available for the preparation of a biography. This was intended to take the place to some degree of the memoirs which he had himself contemplated but on which for various reasons he had made virtually no progress whatever. Accordingly, funds which had originally been given by the Rockefeller Foundation to Mr. King to aid him in the preparation of the memoirs were transferred to the Literary Executors to be used by them in meeting the necessary expenses arising from the biography. This re-grant was later increased by the generosity of the Foundation.

When I was asked to write Mr. King's life, I was given free access to the enormous collection of papers which had been entrusted to the Literary Executors under the terms of his will. The research and writing which were involved in the assignment proved to be much heavier than they or I had expected, and hence only now is the first volume in print. Much preliminary work, however, has been completed, and other volumes are expected to follow in due course.

The conditions of writing the book which were accepted by both of us have made my task as author a very pleasant one. The Literary Executors at the outset expressed the hope that so far as possible Mr. Mackenzie King might be allowed to tell his own story. An effort was therefore made to lend both colour and a sense of reality to the narrative by using liberal excerpts from the diary and the correspondence, both of which present much material which has not hitherto been accessible. The Literary Executors and I also agreed that I should have a "completely free hand in writing the book," though they were to be able at any time to make whatever representations to me they might wish . . .

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