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Book - “The Day’s Work”
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Title: Book - “The Day’s Work”
Identifier: 979.6.1397
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1898
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A hard covered book of 431 pages entitled "The Day's Work". The title and author's name are in gold and there is an image of a ship in black. On the inside page is "For Dear Bessie, with love from Emily Draper, Christmas/98."

Joseph Rudyard Kipling (Dec. 30, 1865 - Jan 18, 1936) was an English author and poet, born in Bombay, India, and best known for his works 'The Jungle Book' (1894), 'The Second Jungle Book' (1895), 'Just So Stories' (1902), and 'Puck of Pook's Hill' (1906); his novel, 'Kim' (1901); his poems, including 'Mandalay' (1890), 'Gunga Din' (1890), and 'If' (1910); as well as his many short stories, including 'The Man Who Would Be King' (1888) and the collections 'Life's Handicap' (1891), 'The Day's Work' (1898), and 'Plain Tales from the Hills' (1888). He is regarded as a major 'innovator in the art of the short story'; and his children's books are enduring classics of children's literature. His best work speaks to a versatile and luminous narrative gift. In 1907, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English language writer to receive the prize, and he remains its youngest-ever recipient. REF: visited Dec. 18, 2007.

The Harris family married into the Draper family with the marriage of Annie Harris to Beverly Sayers in 1906. Beverly was related to William Henry Draper (1801-1877), Canada’s first colonial politician to be styled 'premier', and who was instrumental in establishing the Conservative party. He supporter the Family Compact, which attempted to create an aristocracy linked by family, patronage and political and social beliefs to the professional upper middle class. See: George Metcalf, 'William Henry Draper', _The Canadian Encyclopaedia, Year 2000 Edition_ (McClelland and Stewart, 1999), 693.

Bessie refers to Elizabeth (Bessie) Harris the eldest daughter of Captain and Elizabeth Harris. She was born on route from Ireland in 1836. Bessie never married and was able to move from Benares to St. George Street in Toronto with her sister Lucy after inheriting some money in the 1880's. Bessie and Lucy enjoyed collecting antiques, ceramics and gardening.
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