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Flora Lyndsay; or, Passages in an Eventful Life

A Novel by Susanna Moodie

Susanna Moodie

Publication Year: 2014

Flora Lyndsay is Susanna Moodie’s prequel to Roughing it in the Bush and Life in the Clearings. It completes her trilogy on her emigration from Suffolk to Upper Canada that began in 1832. Though Moodie chose to fictionalize herself in the context of this novel, this work remains a close personalized record of her family’s experiences in planning their emigration and crossing the Atlantic.
Although surprisingly little critical attention has been paid to it, this novel offers its readers the opportunity to appreciate Moodie’s style, her sense of form and her distinctive approach to writing female autobiography. This edition, complete with a wide corpus of endnotes, an extensive list of emendations and a critical introduction, should help address this absence and give readers a closer look at the iconic phenomenon that is Susanna Moodie.

Published by: University of Ottawa Press

Cover

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p. C-C

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgements

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pp. ix-x

The creation of this critical edition of Flora Lyndsay (1854) owes much to many hands. It has been a long time in the making. I must therefore begin with my former editorial colleagues, Carl Ballstadt and Elizabeth Hopkins, with whom I worked so closely over more than two decades on the...

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Critical Introduction

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pp. xi-lx

Flora Lyndsay; or, Passages in an Eventful Life (Richard Bentley, 1854) is Susanna Moodie’s prequel to her most famous book, Roughing It in the Bush (Bentley, 1852). It is a lively, though padded, two-volume “novel” in which Moodie (1803–1885) lightly fictionalized her experiences as a young Englishwoman...

Flora Lyndsay

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pp. 1-4

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Volume I

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pp. 5-144

“Flora, have you forgotten the talk we had about emigration, the morning before our marriage?” was a question rather suddenly put to his young wife, by Lieutenant Lyndsay, as he paused in his walk to and fro the room. The fact is, that he had been pondering over that conversation...

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Volume II

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pp. 145-288

Why the apartment into which Flora retreated on going on board was called a State-cabin, Flora could not imagine. It was really a very small closet, about seven feet in length, and a very little broader than it was long. It contained neither stool, bench, nor chair, and there was just...

Explanatory Notes

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pp. 289-320

Textual Notes

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pp. 321-386

Publisher's Page

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pp. 386-


E-ISBN-13: 9780776621234
E-ISBN-10: 0776621238

Page Count: 448
Publication Year: 2014

Series Title: Canadian Literature Collection