The Betty Lambert Reader

By (author): Betty Lambert

Edited by: Cynthia Zimmerman

Betty Lambert lived and wrote defiantly, subversively; she faced all of her life struggles, including her death, with extraordinary courage. Readers will find common threads of concern—moral, political, metaphysical, aesthetic—that link these disparate works of fiction. Yet each is distinctive and each bespeaks an intense imagination, a philosophical bent, a sophisticated literary orientation, and a professional attention to craft. Her works deserve to be better known. Includes short stories, novel excerpts and full plays. The PonyThe Dark CornerFalconer’s IslandOn Writing Plays for ChildrenThe Riddle MachineThe Good of the SunOnce Burnt, Twice ShySqrieux-de-DieuGuiltCrossingsGrasshopper HillJennie’s StoryUnder the Skin


Cynthia Zimmerman

Cynthia Zimmerman has been a highly regarded commentator on Canadian playwriting and on the voice of women on the Canadian stage for her whole career at Glendon College, York University, where she is a professor in the English department. Previously book review editor of the international journal Modern Drama and a member of its advisory board, Zimmerman has authored or co-authored a number of books, including Playwriting Women: Female Voices in English Canada. She has produced many articles, chapters, and public papers. She also edited the successful anthology, Taking the Stage, for Playwrights Canada Press.


Betty Lambert

Betty Lambert was a renowned Canadian playwright and English professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her most famous works were the children’s play The Riddle Machine, the radio play Grasshopper Hill, the comedy Sqrieux-de-Dieu, and the dramas Under the Skin and Jennie’s Story, which was adapted into the film Heart of the Sun in 1999. Betty Lambert passed away in 1983.


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456 Pages
9.04in * 5.94in * 1.13in


May 01, 2007



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