Sunday, November 1, 2015

Wolfgang Hampel, Betty MacDonald and Monica Sone

Wolfgang Hampel - and Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

perhaps you are one of our winners of Betty MacDonald fan contest.

You'll be able to find the names of our winners in 

Betty MacDonald fan club newsletter November. 

Betty MacDonald fan club contest question was:

What happened to Betty MacDonald on October 30, 1938?

( see answer below )

What's about a new breakfast at the bookstore with Brad and Nick?

Enjoy a great Sunday,


Vita Magica

Betty MacDonald fan club

Betty MacDonald forum  

Wolfgang Hampel - Wikipedia ( English )

Wolfgang Hampel - Wikipedia ( German )

Wolfgang Hampel - Monica Sone - Wikipedia ( English )

Wolfgang Hampel - Ma and Pa Kettle - Wikipedia ( English )

Wolfgang Hampel - Ma and Pa Kettle - Wikipedia ( French )

Wolfgang Hampel in Florida State University 

Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel 

Betty MacDonald fan club interviews on CD/DVD

Betty MacDonald fan club items 

Betty MacDonald fan club items  - comments

Betty MacDonald fan club - The Stove and I 

Betty MacDonald fan club organizer Linde Lund 


The Plague and I

ragged edge magazine online

Issue 5

Anne Finger: 

Betty MacDonald is best known for her book 
The Egg and I (a bestseller when it was 
published in 1945, it was made into a movie 
starring Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurry)
and her children's books, the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series. 
The Egg and I is the story of a city girl who, 
at the age of 18, marries a chicken farmer -- 
from "that delightful old school of husbands 
who lift up the mattresses to see if the little woman
has dusted the springs" -- and settles down with him
to raise children and poultry -- and conceives an 
almost pathological hatred of chickens.

Published in 1945, The Egg and I is a classic 
of the wisecracking, disgruntled dame variety --
but it isn't  hard to see that beneath that veneer, the book 
voiced real complaints about women's lot in marriage
and a tough streak of anti-romantic realism. (It also 
contributed to the image of Seattle and its environs
as a realm of backwoods eccentrics -- a far cry from 
the current stereotype of grunge rockers and 
latte-drinking drones for Microsoft.)

The Plague and I (1948), MacDonald's subsequent 
 -- and largely ignored -- autobiographical follow-up, 
concerns the year she spent in a tuberculosis sanitarium. 
In it, she brings the same grim humor to the story of her 
institutionalization and the dehumanizing treatment 
she experiences there.