Sisters In The Wilderness: The Lives Of Susanna Moodie And Catharine Parr Traill

Paperback | September 5, 2000

byCharlotte Gray

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In the inhospitable and hardscrabble bush of Canada, facing a pioneering existence that they never even knew existed, the well-educated, but modestly married, British born Strickland sisters, Susanna and Catharine, turned to the pen to ease their loneliness and isolation. Susanna Moodie’s Roughing It in the Bush warned her countrymen from taking the bait and emigrating to Canada; Catharine Parr Traill’s The Backwoods of Canada and Life in the Clearings celebrated her new-found freedom in Canada's classless society, and the spirit of industry. Both women had great influence on England's understanding of colonial Canada, as well as on Canada's own vision of its young self. Their writings have become central to all Canadian studies courses and are considered classic examples of pioneer memoirs.

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In the inhospitable and hardscrabble bush of Canada, facing a pioneering existence that they never even knew existed, the well-educated, but modestly married, British born Strickland sisters, Susanna and Catharine, turned to the pen to ease their loneliness and isolation. Susanna Moodie’s Roughing It in the Bush warned her countrymen f...

Charlotte Gray is an award-winning journalist based in Ottawa. She is a contributing editor to Saturday Night magazine and a regular contributor to Chatelaine, Financial Post magazine and Report on Business magazine among others. Her book Mrs. King: The Life and Times of Isabel Mackenzie King was nominated for a 1998 Governor General’...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.1 × 5.25 × 0.95 inPublished:September 5, 2000Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140276742

ISBN - 13:9780140276749

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""...Sisters in the Wilderness is an essential and outstanding addition to the annals of...history...the definitive biography.""
—The National Post

""Gray has done a superb job of using the sisters’ newly published correspondence, as well as archival material, to reconstruct their family lives.""
—Maclean’s

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This is a well-researched and well-written biography of two of Canada's pioneer authors. Sisters Susanna and Catherine left their family and their privileged lives in England to make homes in Canada beside their husbands. To help make ends meet, they both wrote books for new emigrants describing the life and the natural beauty around them. This book brings to life the role of women in the 19th century, and the many hardships and challenges they faced. It provides the reader with a better understanding of the social and political structure of the time in a very readable fashion.