A reissued CanLit tale of feminism and power
First published in 1926, Madge Macbeth’s Shackles is a controversial novel that examines the power dynamics of early Canadian feminism. The book exposes the struggles of middle-class Naomi Lennox between her role as dutiful wife to unambitious and proper Arthur and her desire for acceptance of her writing career. Filled with dialogue and debate that expose early twentieth century limitations and opportunities for both women and men, Shackles is a colourful and surprising depiction of first-wave feminism in Canada. This edition will include a new introduction by Notes from a Feminist Killjoy author and CWILA chair Erin Wunker.
Madge Macbeth (1878-1965) was a prolific writer of articles, short stories, memoirs, radio and stage drama, and twenty novels. By her death in 1965, Madge was well-known as an Ottawa literary personality and as the first woman president of the Canadian Authors Association.