Belle Moral: A Natural History

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Ann-Marie MacDonald’s love of the fabulous is in full force with this multi-layered reworking of her earlier play, The Arab’s Mouth.

Following her father’s death, amateur scientist Pearl MacIsaac struggles to discover the secret of her family’s past, which her father had been kept hidden with the help of the family doctor. Set in Scotland in 1899, this dark and redemptive gothic comedy is a story of family secrets that have come to life and of the birth and evolution of ideas – ...

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Overview

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s love of the fabulous is in full force with this multi-layered reworking of her earlier play, The Arab’s Mouth.

Following her father’s death, amateur scientist Pearl MacIsaac struggles to discover the secret of her family’s past, which her father had been kept hidden with the help of the family doctor. Set in Scotland in 1899, this dark and redemptive gothic comedy is a story of family secrets that have come to life and of the birth and evolution of ideas – and truly a play of morals. Reaching out in two directions to reconcile the extremes of rationalism and romanticism, Belle Moral embraces a complex range of turn-of-the-century thought including Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, contemporary medical beliefs and the concept of eugenics.

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Copyright © 2005 A. M. MacDonald Holdings Inc.

CAUTION: Professionals and amateurs are hereby warned that BELLE MORAL is subject to a royalty. It is fully protected under the copyright laws of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and all British Commonwealth countries, and of all countries covered by the International Copyright Union, the Pan-American Copyright Convention, and the Universal Copyright Convention. All performance rights, including professional, amateur, motion picture, recitation, public reading, radio broadcasting, television, video or sound taping, all other forms of mechanical or electronic reproduction, such as information storage and retrieval systems and photocopying, and rights of translation into foreign languages, are strictly reserved.

Inquiries concerning the performance rights should be directed as follows:
Lorraine Wells and Company Talent Management Inc., 10 St. Mary Street, Suite 320, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1P9, (416) 413-1676 / fax (416) 413-1680.

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"The most significant aspect of Belle Moral is the profound contribution of women to society, even if their place is constantly circumscribed and compromised."
Canadian Literature

"Bright and satiric. . . . Few other writers are so good at telling a story while arguing an intellectual point."
NOW (Toronto)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307397249
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada
  • Publication date: 5/13/2008
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann-Marie MacDonald is a writer and an actor. As an actor, she has worked in feature films, television series and theatres across the country. She is the author of the play, Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet, the libretto for the opera Nigredo Hotel, and of the book and lyrics for the musical, Anything That Moves. She is also the co-creator of The Attic, The Pearls, and 3 Fine Girls. MacDonald’s novels Fall On Your Knees and The Way the Crow Flies are published internationally and have been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in Toronto.
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