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Title: Book - "Whiteoaks of Jalna"
Identifier: 2005.9.13
Donor: Mr. Dennis Mills
Item Date: 1946
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006

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Description: 1946 paperback edition of "Whiteoaks of Jalna". Front cover has the title and five (3 cm x 2 cm) portraits in oval frames; three men and two women. The centre portrait is slightly larger. (4 cm x 3.5 cm) The cover is mainly blue and notes the title, author, and the words "complete and unabridged". At the top is a 2 cm high cartoon of a Kangaroo reading a book and the words "Pocket Book" and "No. 147, 428, 553" in red printing. The back cover contains a statement about the author and the popularity of this book; as well as the same Kangaroo cartoon at the bottom. The book cover has a plastic coating which has mostly worn off the back. The spine is slightly torn at the bottom and well-worn along the edges. Spine is partly separated from the text. History: In 1927, Mazo de la Roche's (1879-1961) novel "Jalna" won the $10,000 first prize in a competition sponsored by "Atlantic Monthly", which provided her with recognition and success in the future. Mazo de la Roche is significant to Mississauga as she lived in Clarkson during the time she wrote her award winning novel, "Jalna". Mazo lived in Trail Cottage, which was located on property that had originally belonged to the Benares Estate. Some people speculate the Benares House was Mazo's inspiration for the Whiteoaks of "Jalna". Mazo was friends with the Harrises and had visited Benares. She was born in Newmarket as Mazo Louise Roche. She was the only child of Alberta and William Roche. Mazo died on 12 July 1961. See: C.J. Taylor, "de la Roche, Mazo" Canadian Encyclopaedia, 2000 Edition (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1999), 639.
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