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Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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First published in 1909, The Foreigner comes from the pen of bestselling author Ralph Connor, the pseudonym of Presbyterian minister and missionary Charles W. Gordon. The novel opens in Winnipeg, where Kalman Kalmar, a young Eastern European immigrant, is growing up under the shadow of his father, whose allegiance to the customs of the Old World has caused him to become a fugitive in Canada. After a violent encounter with his father’s sworn enemy, the adolescent Kalman is sent to a ranch in rural Saskatchewan, where, in learning the ways of the land, he must also reconcile the customs of his ancestors with the possibilities available to him in the New World. Part adventure story, part allegory for a vision of a culturally assimilated North West, the story features a form of male maturation and muscular Christianity recurring in Connor’s popular Western tales. Daniel Coleman’s afterword considers the text’s departure from Connor’s established fiction formulas and provides a framework for understanding its depiction of difference.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Series Editor’s Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. The Foreigner: A Tale of Saskatchewan
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Chapter I: The City on the Plain
  2. pp. 7-12
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  1. Chapter II: Where East Meets West
  2. pp. 13-17
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  1. Chapter III: The Marriage of Anka
  2. pp. 18-24
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  1. Chapter IV: The Unbidden Guest
  2. pp. 25-41
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  1. Chapter V: The Patriot’s Heart
  2. pp. 42-56
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  1. Chapter VI: The Grip of British Law
  2. pp. 57-74
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  1. Chapter VII: Condemned
  2. pp. 75-94
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  1. Chapter VIII: The Price of Vengeance
  2. pp. 95-110
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  1. Chapter IX: Brother and Sister
  2. pp. 111-132
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  1. Chapter X: Jack French of the Night Hawk Ranch
  2. pp. 133-141
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  1. Chapter XI: The Edmonton Trail
  2. pp. 142-157
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  1. Chapter XII: The Making of a Man
  2. pp. 158-172
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  1. Chapter XIII: Brown
  2. pp. 173-187
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  1. Chapter XIV: The Break
  2. pp. 188-202
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  1. Chapter XV: The Maiden of the Brown Hair
  2. pp. 203-216
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  1. Chapter XVI: How Kalman Found His Mine
  2. pp. 217-233
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  1. Chapter XVII: The Fight for the Mine
  2. pp. 234-250
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  1. Chapter XVIII: For Freedom and for Love
  2. pp. 251-264
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  1. Chapter XIX: My Foreigner
  2. pp. 265-274
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 275-301
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  1. Further Reading
  2. pp. 302-302
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