Jack Layton Personal Library

Jack Layton

Jack Layton Personal Library Jack Layton was a Canadian social democratic politician who led the New Democrat Party - 2003-2011 - from 13 Members of Parliament to 103. Born on July 18, 1950, Layton died on August 22, 2011 after suffering from cancer. As can be expected, there were many political books in his personal library, which was not as diverse as many of the other successful people whom we have featured. Jack Layton was highly educated, “graduated in political science from McGill University with a BA (1970) and from York University with an MA (1971) and a PhD (1984). His PhD thesis dealt with globalization.” Canadian … [Read more...]

Marilyn Monroe Personal Library

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe Personal Library When you think of Marilyn Monroe, the photo of her wearing a sexy, white dress blowing in the air often comes to mind. And she isn’t the dumb blond that many may think she is. In fact, Marilyn Monroe was well read and had over 400 books in her personal library from various genres – American literature, French literature, Russian literature, poetry, plays, art, music, science, biographies, gardening and pets, humor, politics, religion, psychology, reference, travel and much more. It is true that she may not have read all the books on her bookshelf - think of the many unread books in your personal library … [Read more...]

Pierre Trudeau: The Books that Shaped his Young Mind

Pierre Trudeau

Read to Lead: The Shaping of Young Pierre Trudeau’s Mind How is the mind of a successful person shaped? One way is by reading actively – interacting with the words on the page. We have been exploring the concept of the shaping of the mind of highly successful people by looking at their personal libraries. This is not a segment in the series, because I have not yet found sufficient information on Pierre Trudeau’s personal library. What I have found is a biography, Young Trudeau: 1919-1944: Son of Quebec, Father of Canada, which focuses on the younger years of Canada’s 15th Prime Minister. I was ecstatic when I discovered the book, but … [Read more...]

CS Lewis Personal Library

CS Lewis

CS Lewis Personal Library - The Shaping of a Mind Born on November 29, 1898 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Clive Staples Lewis (CS Lewis), was a writer, critic, Anglican scholar and theologian. As a boy, he read voraciously, wrote about an imaginary world,  called Boxen – “Animal-Land”, which was inhabited by talking beasts. At Oxford, CS Lewis studied the classics, philosophy and English. Between 1925 and 1954, he was the fellow of English language and literature at Magdalen College, Oxford. Close male friends – his brother Warren, JRR Tolkien, English scholar Hugo Dyson, novelist Charles Williams and philosopher Owen Barfield – … [Read more...]

Oscar Wilde Personal Library – The Shaping of a Mind

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde Personal Library – The Shaping of a Mind Although we  are celebrating Banned Books Week September 21−27, 2014, I have decided that I would present Oscar Wilde's personal library because his play Salome was banned and he had to remove parts of his book, The Picture of Dorian Gray because it was considered homoerotic and suggestive. Over 120 years later, Harvard University Press published the original text of The Picture of Dorian Gray. I think the version of the book I read is probably the version where chunks of the story were removed. If you have not read The Picture of Dorian Gray, read The Picture of Dorian Gray (The … [Read more...]