The Journals of Susanna Moodie

Paperback | March 1, 1970

bySusanna MoodieEditorMargaret Atwood

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This cycle of poems is perhaps the most memorable evocation in modern Canadian literature of the myth of the wilderness, the immigrant experience, and the alienating and schizophrenic effects of the colonial mentality. Since it was first published in 1970 it has not only acquired the statureof a classic but, reprinted many times, become the best-known extended work in Canadian poetry.Susanna Moodie (1805-85) emigrated from England in 1832 to Upper Canada, where she settled on a farm with her husband. She wrote several books in Canada, notably Roughing It in the Bush, a famous account of pioneering that is still widely read. In poems about the arrival and the Moodies' seven yearsin the bush, which were followed by a more civilized ilfe in Belleville, and about Mrs Moodie in old age and then after death - in the present, when she observes the twentieth century destroying her past and its meaning - Margaret Atwood has created haunting meditations on an English gentlewoman'sconfrontation with the wilderness, and compelling variations on the themes of dislocation and alienation, nature and civilization.The poems are supplemented by Margaret Atwood's collages and an 'Afterword' in which the poet says: 'We are all imigrants to this place even if we were born here....'

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A landmark reworking of an adventure and revelation-laden diary, The Journals of Susanna Moodie is a ride-along with a 29-year-old English woman who departs to Canada with her family way back in 1832, when the land was still vastly unbroken. Coming out of a genteel upbringing, Susanna Moodie used her ever-developing skills as a writer ...

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This cycle of poems is perhaps the most memorable evocation in modern Canadian literature of the myth of the wilderness, the immigrant experience, and the alienating and schizophrenic effects of the colonial mentality. Since it was first published in 1970 it has not only acquired the statureof a classic but, reprinted many times, becom...

Author of more than 40 books, Margaret Atwood has won as many awards, including the Union Poetry Prize (Chicago), the Bess Hoskins Prize (Chicago), the Radcliffe Graduate Medal, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Welsh Arts Council International Writers Prize, the Los Angeles Times Fiction Writers Award, the Ritz Hemingway Prize (Paris), the...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 8.5 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:March 1, 1970Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195401697

ISBN - 13:9780195401691

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Susanna Moodie... This was a good book of poetry. It was a little heavy at times, but overall enjoyable. I liked all the metaphors and hidden meanings, it certainly kept you thinking. I also bought an old students copy, so it was full of notes about the writing which made it even more enjoyable. I think Susanna Moodie would have been interesting to meet, and judging from these poems, although not written by her, it seems like she had a pretty hard life at times. I would pick this up again and just flip through it to re-read some of my favorites from this book (mostly from the third chapter). I would definitely recommend this to fans of Margaret Atwood's writing and/or poetry.
Date published: 2008-04-24

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A landmark reworking of an adventure and revelation-laden diary, The Journals of Susanna Moodie is a ride-along with a 29-year-old English woman who departs to Canada with her family way back in 1832, when the land was still vastly unbroken. Coming out of a genteel upbringing, Susanna Moodie used her ever-developing skills as a writer and poet to chronicle her new life. She could not have expected, though, for her new life to be so treacherous and unstable. Luckily, Margaret Atwood decided to turn Moodie's whole experience, using actual excerpts, into a hypnotic mind and sense disorientation trip.