Uncle Mose: The Life of Ted Russell, by Elizabeth Miller

I read this as a complement to the Chronicles of Uncle Mose; this book is Elizabeth Miller’s biography of her father, Ted Russell. While there’s a certain oddness to a daughter writing a supposedly objective biography of her father, as opposed to a personal memoir — especially when she has to refer to herself in the third person — this is an important book because Ted Russell is an important figure in Newfoundland culture and literature. It was interesting to me, of course, because Ted Russell is the other major Newfoundland writer (along with the playwright David French, whom I’ve mentioned elsewhere) to be born in Coley’s Point, the town that provides the inpsiration for my novel That Forgetful Shore, so it was an interesting read for me in particular.

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