Despite his rather distinguished name, noted Canadian politician William Lyon Mackenzie King was generally just referred to as "William King". During his long career he served three terms as the prime minister of Canada, and he also found time to be a lawyer, economist, and professor. For over fifty years, starting with his time as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, he kept a detailed personal diary which only concluded with his passing in 1950. The Library and Archives of Canada has created this website to introduce King's diary to contemporary readers, and they do so through explanatory essays, substantive excerpts from his writings, and a chronology of his life. First-time visitors will want to look at the two background essays titled " 'Dear Diary': Diary Writing as a Genre" and "The Political Man of Letters: Mackenzie King as Writer and Bookman". Visitors can continue on to read excerpts from the diary and even peer into the homes that he inhabited during his life.


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