Improved by Cultivation: English-Canadian Prose to 1914

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R.G. Moyles
Broadview Press, Sep 28, 1994 - Literary Collections - 339 pages
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This anthology combines some of the finest writing by such well-known writers as Leacock, Moodie, Ernest Thompson Seton and Lucy Maud Montgomery with fascinating pieces by lesser-known names such as George Copway (the first Canadian native writer to have his work published in English) and Lady Agnes Macdonald (the wife of Canada’s first prime minister, and a popular writer of great verve and enthusiasm). In addition to three genres of fiction the anthology includes two important varieties of non-fiction in which early Canadians made a strong and distinctive contribution: Travel and Exploration Narratives and Memoirs and Descriptive Sketches.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
7
ALEXANDER HENRY THE MASSACRE AT FORT MICIILIMACKINAC
22
ANNA BROWNELL JAMESON NIAGARA FALLS IN WINTER
45
AGNES DEANS CAMERON DOWN THE ATHABASCA RIVER
76
CATHARINE PARR TRAILL CLEARING THE LAND
97
STEPHEN LEACOCK BORROWING A MATCH I9 5
195
ERNEST THOMPSON SETON THE BIOGRAPHY OF A GRIZZLY
229
GILBERT PARKER THE PATROL OF THE CYPRESS HILLS 25 5
271
DUNCAN CAMPBELL SCOTT PAUL FARLOTTE
283
NORMAN DUNCAN THE FRUITS OF TOIL
292
SARA JEANNETTE DUNCAN THE HEIR APPARENT
303
ABRAHAM s
315
MAR ORIE PICKTHALL LUCK
329
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R. G. Moyles, a professor in the English Department at the University of Alberta, is the author or editor of several other books including (with Doug Owram) Imperial Dreams and Colonial Realities: British Views of Canada 1880-1914 (Univ. of Toronto Press, 1988).

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