The egg and i, first published in 1945, is a humorous memoir by american author betty macdonald about her adventures and travels as a young wife on a chicken farm on the olympic peninsula in washington state. The plague and i, about her confinement in a tuberculosis sanatorium, anybody can do anything, about her familys struggles in the depression, and onions in the stew. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. She is associated with the pacific northwest, especially washington state. Nov 20, 2019 it is about the author and the very human, betty macdonald.
With no running water, no electricity, a house in need of constant repair, and days that ran from four in the morning to nine at night, the macdonalds had barely a moment to put their feet up and relax. See more ideas about vashon island, author and washington state history. Pigglewiggle series, 1947 1957 the plague and i 1948 anybody can do anything by betty macdonald 1950 nancy and plum 1952 onions in the. We personally assess every book s quality and offer rare, outofprint treasures. A beloved literary treasure for more than half a century, betty macdonalds the egg and i is a heartwarming and uproarious account of adventure and survival on an american frontier. Thriftbooks sells millions of used books at the lowest everyday prices. When universalinternational pictures released the film version of egg in 1947, bettys character was played by the glamorous movie star claudette colbert. The story of betty macdonald, author of the egg and. The egg and i author betty macdonald subject of new book. A classic book first published in 1947, the egg and i tells the story of life for betty and her husband when they buy a chicken farm in a remote area of washington states olympic peninsula. Author betty macdonald promotes the movie based on her bestselling book, the egg and i, in this 1947 theatrical trailer.
Writing about her adventures as a young wife on a chicken farm on the olympic peninsula in washington state, the book was a breath of fresh air to. Betty macdonald remembers the first two years of her marriage, in which she and her husband create and run a chicken ranch located in the wilds of washington state. Originally published in 1945, the writing style reminded me of jean webster who wrote daddylonglegs, with its mix of charm and dry wit. The book was an immediate success, selling a million copies in less than a year, and was eventually translated into over thirty languages. The story of betty macdonald, author of the egg and i. Jefferson county resolution officially establishes egg and. Join facebook to connect with betty macdonald and others you may know. Last night catherine and i hosted our book club 9th grade girls to talk about the egg and i by betty macdonald. I cleaned up the punctuation in this articlemm book city.
Betty macdonald is very popular all over the world. After the egg and i appeared in 1945, betty wrote a number of highly popular childrens books and three more semiautobiographical works. This astonishing success transformed its author, betty macdonald, into a media darling whose triumphs and travails greatly entertained the puget sound region that she called home. I am pleased to be partnering with university of washington press. Betty bard macdonald 19071958, the bestselling author of the egg and i and the classic mrs.
The story of betty macdonald was a well written account of my favorite authors life. The egg and i by betty macdonald 1945 by betty macdonald. Betty macdonald has captured life in the rural area of nw washington as nobody has since. A wonderful, funny, warm, honest book, and, to use a much overused word, a classic. About the author a longtime resident of washington state, betty macdonald 19081958 authored four humorous, autobiographical bestsellers and several childrens. Becker, allowed access to the trove of her subjects correspondence, has done eloquent, measured. Betty macdonald, author of the egg and i literaryladiesguide. I thoroughly enjoyed it and reread the egg and i with greater pleasure as i felt i knew her and understood her life better. Mons wallgren at a luncheon in seattle, wa honoring the young writer. If you have not experienced washington in the in this time and place. The betty macdonald farm lodging rates policies lodging rates the cedar cottage registered guests only. Her husband simply called bob in the book was called. Its fascinating because it sets out to show to what extent the fiction mirrored the facts of bettys life, as you allude to in your article. Pigglewiggle childrens books, burst onto the literary scene shortly after the end of world war ii.
Buy a cheap copy of the egg and i book by betty macdonald. Resolution 1481 makes official the name by which the road. Egg and i movie trailer featuring betty macdonald, 1947 youtube. Lippincott, pocket books which issued a 25cent paperback edition, and the bon marche department store are named as codefendants in the.
It hasnt the suavity of grandma called it carnal but its as down to earth a picture of rural life as experienced on a primitive chicken ranch in the far northwest. Betty macdonald march 26, 1907 february 7, 1958 was an american author who specialized in humorous autobiographical tales, and is best known for her book the egg and i. The first book written by betty macdonald, the egg and i, rocketed to the top of the national bestseller list in 1945. Pigglewiggle books and the egg and i genesis of a series of popular movies. Hd stock footage author betty macdonald honored by. Betty macdonald books list of books by author betty. Macdonald in 1942 and moved to vashon island in puget sound, where she wrote most of her books. In the film of the egg and i, made in 1947, macdonald was played by claudette colbert.
It has the same exuberance, tinctured with distaste rather than nest. While there were obviously some challenges in reading the book. This might be a companion piece to roughly speaking. The book is based on the authors experiences as a newlywed trying to acclimate to and operate a small chicken farm near chimacum, washington with her. With no running water, no electricity, a house in need of constant repair, and days that ran from four in the morning to nine at night, the macdonalds had barely a. On february 3, 1981, jefferson county board of commissioners resolution 1481 officially establishes the name egg and i road for the portion of roadway that passes the farm site once owned by former center resident betty macdonald 19071958, author of the 1945 bestselling book the egg and i.
Pages can include considerable notesin pen or highlighterbut the notes cannot obscure the text. In 1945 betty macdonald published the egg and i, a lightly fictionalized account of her life as the wife of a chicken farmer in the remote american northwest in the 1920s. Pigglewiggle and i by paula becker university of washington press, 221 pp. Readers embraced her memoir of her years as a young bride operating a chicken ranch on washingtons olympic peninsula, and the egg and i sold its first million copies in less. In 1945, betty macdonalds first book, the egg and i, took first america, and then the world, by storm. Translations followed in more than 30 languages, along with a series of popular movies. Its a shame that macdonald is largely forgotten now, because she was enormously popular in the 50s and 60s although, interestingly, all of her books are still in print.
The egg and i hardcover january 1, 1945 by betty macdonald author. Quotes from the memoirs and novels of betty macdonald. Looking for betty macdonald finds comedy and tragedy. Betty macdonald fan club has members in 40 countries. The egg and i by betty macdonald reading guidebook club. The egg and i by betty macdonald and a great selection of related books. There was so much in the book to relate to, living in the mountains myself and. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. Betty mcdonalds first book about her adventures as a young wife on a chicken farm on the olympic peninsula in washington state. When betty macdonald married a marine and moved to a small chicken farm on the olympic peninsula in washington state, she was largely unprepared for the rigors of life in the wild. Written about her years as a young bride living on a washington state chicken farm that had neither electricity nor running water, the book definitely takes you back to a time. Betty macdonald march 26, 1907 february 7, 1958 was an american author who specialized in humorous autobiographical tales, and is best known for her book the egg.
In the wake of world war ii, the hilarious accounts of macdonalds adventures as a backwoods farmers wife in chimacum valley were a breath of fresh air for readers around. She was a real person living in nw wa and every bone in her body went into writing this book. A very funny book from the first half of the 20th century. A biography of betty came out some months before the university of washington press one, in fact by anne wellman, its called betty. In 1945 she published the egg and i, a humorous memoir her experiences with her first husband on the chicken farm. The book is based on the authors experiences as a newlywed trying to acclimate to and operate a small chicken farm near chimacum, washington with her first husband, robert heskett, from 1927 to 1931. When betty macdonald married a marine and moved to a small chicken farm on the olympic peninsula in washington state, she was largely unprepared for the rigors of. When betty macdonald married a marine and moved to a small chicken f. An exlibrary book and may have standard library stamps andor stickers.
Mom was a book nerd a trait i inherited and betty macdonalds whimsical autobiography was one of her favorites. Piggle wiggle on the brain the historylink staff historian is consumed with the idea. Five decades after betty macdonald published egg, i read her books and was entranced by her rendering of our shared metropolis. The book is based on the authors experiences as a newlywed trying to. When betty macdonald married a marine and moved to a small chicken farm on the. The book was the egg and i, and within a year of publication it had sold more than a million copies. Buy the egg and i by betty macdonald online at alibris.
The egg and i by betty macdonald and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Libel trial against betty macdonald of egg and i fame opens in. Betty macdonald burst onto the american literary scene in 1945 with her memoir, the egg and i, a tartly witty tale about operating a chicken ranch on washingtons dauntingly wild olympic peninsula. Wolfgang hampel wrote a betty macdonald biography and interviewed betty macdonalds family and friends. On visits with her family in seattle, she told stories of their tribulations, which greatl. Kathy, an alert reader and madcap fan based in the emerald city. Written partly as a protest against fashionable books praising the return to the simple life, living in the. The egg and i, by betty macdonald project gutenberg canada. This is a succinct and lively biography of betty macdonald, the bestselling mid20thcentury author of the mrs. Bettys vivacity, offbeat humor, and sparklingly irreverent take on life captured a public ready to laugh again after the grim, hard years of. We also have a huge betty macdonald letter collection donated by betty macdonald fans from all over the world.304 1443 496 354 470 808 441 1139 1083 797 1037 193 284 1125 471 356 994 1356 1484 1134 696 897 829 1142 405 1204 1257 264 165 344 1222 208 114