The Backwoods of Canada

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1997 - Poetry - 335 pages
Catharine Parr Strickland Traill (1802-1899) emigrated from Great Britain to Upper Canada in 1832 with her husband Thomas Traill, a retired army officer. The Backwoods of Canada (1836), Catharinešs epistolary narrative based on her experiences in the country north of Peterborough in the years immediately following her arrival in North America, is an important record of nineteenth-century pioneering and a rich personal memoir of a woman. It has become a foundation work of Canadian Iiterature.
 

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Contents

Foreword
xi
Editors Introduction
xix
The Backwoods of Canada 1
xxxvi
Authorial Perspectives
231
Explanatory Notes
239
Bibliographical Description of Copytext
287
Published Versions of the Text
293
Emendations in Copytext
303
Lineend Hyphenated Compounds in Copytext
311
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Catherine Parr Traill was a Canadian author, born in Kent, England, on January 9, 1802. She was a member of the Strickland family, and educated at her home at Ryden Hall, Suffolk. She began to write when she was fifteen years of age. Her first book a children's book, was published in London in 1818. She wrote many other juvenile works, which were published without her name, and sold very well. In 1832 she married Lieutenant Thomas Traill, a Scotsman, and soon afterward they emigrated to Canada and settled in Douro, Ontario, in 1833. She subsequently lived at Peterborough, Rice Lake, and at Lakefield. After arriving in Canada she contributed to "Chambers's Journal," "Sharpe's London Magazine," and other periodicals, and published, among other works, "The Backwoods of Canada" (London, 1835) ; "Canadian Crusoes," (New York, 1852) ; "Ramblings in the Canadian Forest" (1854)" "Stories of the Canadian Forests" (New York, 1856) . "Lady Mary and her Nurse, or a Peep into Canadian Forests" (London, 1856) ; "Afar in the Forest, or Pictures of Life and Scenery in the Wilds of Canada" (London, 1869); and "Studies of Plant Life, or Floral Gleanings by Forest, Lake, and Plain" (Ottawa, 1884). Catherine Parr Traill died in 1899

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