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Penguin Black Classics:the Backwoods Of Canada

byCatharine Parr TraillForeword byCamilla Gibb

July 28, 2006|
Penguin Black Classics:the Backwoods Of Canada by Catharine Parr Traill
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Catharine Parr Traill’s The Backwoods of Canada, first published in 1836, gives an intimate and vivid picture of life in the bush country of Upper Canada. The series of letters that make up the book cover a period of two and half years. Though most were originally written to her mother, the letters were later compiled and published for an intended audience of future female emigrants.

Traill’s account of life in the New World is cheerful and buoyant despite the hardships she relays—from the three-month journey to Upper Canada by ship to settling in the bush near Peterborough, Ontario. The letters offer remarkable insight into the skills a well-suited woman might be expected to learn, but the lasting appeal of her work is due to her astute observations of changing notions of class and economy, which reached well beyond her stated audience.

Traill typified a new type of woman—the pioneer—and contributed much to an emerging understanding of Canada and Canadian identity.

Catharine Parr Traill was born in 1802 in Surrey, England. The older sister of Susanna Moodie, Traill began her writing career with children’s books. In 1832 she married Thomas Traill, a retired officer of the Napoleonic Wars. Soon after their marriage they left for Canada, settling near Peterborough, Ontario. Traill is the author of a...
Title:Penguin Black Classics:the Backwoods Of Canada
Product dimensions:320 pages, 8.12 X 5.5 X 1.03 in
Shipping dimensions:320 pages, 8.12 X 5.5 X 1.03 in
Published:July 28, 2006
Publisher:Penguin Canada
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780670065066

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