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Life in the Clearings Versus the Bush (New Canadian Library)

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In the sequel to Roughing It in the Bush, Susanna Moodie portrays the relatively sophisticated society springing up in the clearings along Lake Ontario. During a trip from Belleville to Niagara Falls, Moodie acts as a meticulous observer of the social customs and practices of the times.

Invaluable as social history and as a candid self-portrait, Life in the Clearings versus the Bush chronicles, with wit and wisdom, Canadian society in the mid-19th century.

The NCL edition is an unabridged reprint of the complete original text.

Synopsis:

CA

Synopsis:

Susanna Moodie turns from an examination of pioneer life in the bush to a portrayal of the relatively sophisticated society springing up in the clearing along Lake Ontario.

About the Author

Susanna Moodie was born Susanna Strickland in Bungay, Suffolk, England, in 1803. The sixth and final daughter of a retired dock manager, she grew up in a middle-class family that encouraged the children in reading and in writing. Her sisters Agnes and Elizabeth would write Lives of the Queens of England and other biographies of the aristocracy, her sister Catharine Parr (later Traill) would emigrate to Canada and write several natural history books, and her brother Samuel, another emigrant to Canada, would write of the settler's life. Susannas juvenilia include poetry and many fiction tales for young adults.

In 1831 Susanna Strickland married John Wedderburn Dunbar Moodie, a military officer who had returned to England from South Africa to explore publication projects and to find a wife. A year later, they emigrated to Upper Canada (Ontario). In Flora Lyndsay (1854), Susanna Moodie gives a fictionalized account of the familys move to Canada, concluding with the journey up the Saint Lawrence River.

For their first seventeen months in Canada, the Moodies lived on cleared farmland near Port Hope. In 1834 they moved to a bush farm in Douro Township north of Peterborough and near the homes of Samuel Strickland and Catharine Parr Traill. The farm was the Moodie home for five years, and Roughing It in the Bush (1852), describes their life in these two backwoods areas.

From 1837 to 1839 Dunbar Moodie served in the Upper Canada militia, and in 1839 he was appointed Sheriff of Victoria District (later Hastings County). His family moved to Belleville in 1840, their home until his death in 1869. After her husbands death Susanna Moodie spent her time with her various grown children and with her sister Catharine.

Susanna Moodie died in Toronto, Ontario, in 1885.

Table of Contents

Introduction

 

Belleville

Local Improvements – Sketches of Society

Free Schools – Thoughts on Education

Amusements

Trials of a Travelling Musician

The Singing Master

Camp Meetings

Wearing Mourning for the Dead

Odd Characters

Grace Marks

Michael Macbride

Jeanie Burns

Lost Children

Toronto

Lunatic Asylum

Provincial Agricultural Show

Niagara

Goat Island

Conclusion

 

Afterword

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780771099762
Afterword:
Sheilds, Carol
Afterword:
Shields, Carol
Author:
Moodie, Susanna
Author:
Shields, Carol
Afterword by:
Sheilds, Carol
Afterword by:
Shields, Carol
Afterword:
Sheilds, Carol
Afterword:
Shields, Carol
Publisher:
New Canadian Library
Location:
Toronto :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Canada
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Ontario
Subject:
Ontario Social life and customs.
Subject:
Ontario - Description and travel - 1764-1850
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
New Canadian Library
Series Volume:
IR51
Publication Date:
19890631
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
7.06x4.29x.78 in. .41 lbs.

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Historical
Biography » Women
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » Canada » General
History and Social Science » World History » Canada

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