Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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CONTENTS

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pp. vii-viii

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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p. ix

We would like to thank the following friends and colleagues for their help in preparing this book. Sandy Campbell, Jean Cole, Martin Dowding, Carole Gerson, Elizabeth Hopkins, Norma Martin, Donna McGillis...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-16

In the critical literature of the past several decades, the prevailing tendency has been to diminish Catharine Parr Traill, to make her seem a matter of lesser, indeed at best of minor, concern to those seriously interested in Canadian...

REFLECTIONS OF THE ENGLISH PAST

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THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN UNLUCKY WIT

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pp. 19-30

"The Autobiography of an Unlucky Wit" shows Traill as a comic writer with an agreeable "love of the ridiculous" and a gift for satiric caricature. The story was published in an...

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COUSIN KATE OR THE PROFESSOR OUTWITTED

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pp. 31-45

"Cousin Kate: or the Professor Outwitted" was published in the Anglo-American Magazine 2 (1853), 510-14, in Toronto and was signed Oaklands, Rice Lake. Another of Traill's mischievous and mischief-loving stories, it celebrates a...

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A SLIGHT SKETCH OF THE EARLY MRS. MOODIE

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pp. 46-56

During the 1880s Catharine Parr Traill began to draft a series of sketches of the members of the Strickland family and the conditions of her youth in Suffolk. The appearance...

BACKWOODS REVISITED

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THE MILL OF THE RAPIDS.A CANADIAN SKETCH

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pp. 59-71

"The Mill of the Rapids. A Canadian Sketch" first appeared in Chambers's Edinburgh Journal 7 (November 3, 1838), 322-23. Likely a part of Traill's proposed sequel to The Backwoods of Canada, it was sold by Agnes Strickland to...

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A CANADIAN SCENE

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pp. 72-77

"A Canadian Scene" appeared in an American magazine, The Ladies Garland 4 (1841), 270-71, and later in Chambers's Edinburgh Journal* 12 (1843), 79. No explanation exists for this American connection, though, given the fact that at least one other Traill sketch, "The Autobiography of an...

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FEMALE TRIALS IN THE BUSH

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pp. 78-91

This sketch appeared first in England in Sharpe's London Journal 15 (1852), 22-26, and a year later in Toronto as sketch No. 7 in "Forest Gleanings" in the Anglo-American Magazine 2 (1853), 426-30. Its heroine is Louisa...

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GENEROSITY OF THE POOR

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pp. 92-98

This sketch first appeared in Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, according to Traill (though it has not been found in a search of the magazine). This version appeared in the Maple Leaf. A Juvenile Monthly Magazine 2 (1853), 166-71. Traill clearly...

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MY IRISH MAID ISABELLA—A NIGHT OF PERIL

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pp. 99-110

"My Irish Maid Isabella—A Night of Peril" is taken from Traill's journal for 1836 and is here published in its original form for the first time. This digressive sketch refers to...

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THE MACKENZIE REBELLION

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pp. 111-128

"The Mackenzie Rebellion" is a section from Traill's journals of the year 1837-38 and is unusual in that, characteristically, her journals are given over to very detailed observation of the flora, fauna, landscape, and climate of the Douro area. Here, however, the immediate events of...

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THE INTERRUPTED BRIDALA TRUE STORY OF THE FIRST REBELLION IN THE COLONY

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pp. 129-140

This story appeared in a new London magazine, The Home Circle 1:1&2 (1849), 6-7, 19-21, as a result of Agnes Strickland's agency. It incorporates Traill's own experiences with stories heard about other families in early December 1837 when Sir Francis Bond Head's Proclamation suddenly...

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CANADIAN LUMBERERS

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pp. 141-148

Like many of Traill's sketches that appeared in British magazines in the 1830s and 1840s, "Canadian Lumberers" was meant to be part of a sequel to The Backwoods of Canada, a book that would provide more pioneering...

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A VISIT TO THE CAMP OF THE CHIPPEWA INDIANS1

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pp. 149-159

This sketch appeared in Sharpe's London Journal 7 (1848), 114-18, accompanied by a note identifying it as a "Letter from Mrs. Trail [sic], Authoress of'The Backwoods of...

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RAMBLINGS BY THE RIVER

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pp. 160-167

In "Ramblings by the River," No. 6 in the "Forest Gleanings" series Anglo-American Magazine 2 (1853), 181-84, Traill offers the reader a more...

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FEMALE SERVANTS IN THE BUSH

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pp. 168-174

This piece was first published in Sharpe's London Journal 15 (1852) 279-81; it appeared the following year as "Forest Gleanings" No. 10 in the Anglo-American Magazine* 3 (1853), 83-85. The first third of the sketch is characterized...

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HUMOURS OF HOLY EVE

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pp. 175-179

This sketch is No. 9 in the series of "Forest Gleanings"; it appeared in the Anglo-American Magazine in 1853, 82-83. Although apparently written in the early 1850s while Traill...

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BUSH WEDDING AMD WOOING

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pp. 180-186

Like several of Traill's sketches, this one was published first in Sharpe's London Journal 13(1851), 90-93, and later in the Anglo-American Magazine* 3 (1853), 276-78. A variation...

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THE OLD DOCTOR. A BACKWOODS SKETCH

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pp. 187-194

"The Old Doctor" is a sketch that languished in TrailPs papers in the National Archives of Canada until it was edited and published as a pamphlet by Jean Murray Cole in 1985 for the Hutchison House Museum in Peterborough...

ON THE RICE LAKE PLAINS

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THE RICE LAKE PLAINS

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pp. 197-201

Although many of Traill's "Forest Gleanings" and other fugitive pieces were based on her experience in the backwoods of Douro Township, where she lived for seven years, the series was sent to the Anglo-American Magazine...

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RICE LAKE PLAINS—THE WOLF TOWER

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pp. 202-213

The Traills first had an opportunity to move to the "Wolf Tower" in the late winter or spring of 1839. It was offered to them when its owner, the Reverend George Wilson...

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A WALK TO RAILWAY POINT

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pp. 214-226

"Forest Gleanings," No. 12, Anglo-American Magazine 3 (1853), 401-4, accentuates TrailPs ambivalent feelings about the pioneers' transformation of the wilderness. On the one hand she gives voice to the economic benefits...

FLORAL SKETCHES AND ESSAYS

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FLORAL SKETCHES No. 1.THE VIOLET

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pp. 227-235

In Letter XIV of The Backwoods of Canada Catharine Parr Traill wishes she had available the guidance of her eldest sister, Elizabeth Strickland, in her "rambles among the clearings" in search of floral treasures. She also regrets...

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THE FOREST MONARCH AND HIS DEPENDANTS. A FABLE

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pp. 236-238

Traill began her association with Robert Lay's The Maple Leaf, a juvenile monthly magazine, with its first issue in July 1852; it was to be an important though brief association. It allowed Traill to further her desire to be an important...

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A GLANCE WITHIN THE FOREST

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p. 239

This piece, which was published in the Canadian Monthly and National Review 6 (1874), 48-53, ends with a repetition of the lament, sounded by Traill in "Rice Lake Plains—The Wolf Tower" and in other essays, that the rich diversity of...

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The Canadian Short Story Library, Series 2

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p. 251

The revitalized Canadian Short Story Library undertakes to publish fiction of importance to a fuller appreciation of Canadian literary history and...