Mary Savigny was born Mary Kirby in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, in 1923. In 1942 she joined the RAF as an operations room plotter. After the war she moved to Northbrook, Ontario, where she later met Merrill Denison. In 1987 she and her husband John retired to Kingston, Ontario.
Bon Echo: The Denison Years documents the era when famous artists, intellectuals and theatrical personalities visited the strikingly beautiful Lake Mazinaw area in Ontarioâ€™s rugged Land Oâ€™ Lakes district, to both play and work. From the construction of Bon Echo Inn by American Dr. Weston Price to the creation of todayâ€™s Bon Echo Provincial Park, the author has been privy to the "inside" story.
The struggles and ideals of the early Toronto feminist Flora MacDonald Denison and her author-playwright son, Merrill, are well recorded in this important book. The author, a good storyteller, obviously learned plenty from the old master during her many years as his manuscript typist, a relationship that ended with Merrill Denisonâ€™s death in 1975.