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Title: Book - "Return to Jalna"
Identifier: 2005.9.1
Donor: Mr. Dennis Mills
Item Date: 1946
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: First edition thick green book. Book boards are covered in a linen book cloth. No writing on the covers. The spine has gold printing; at the top is the title "Return to Jalna" and "Mazo de la Roche". At the bottom of the spine --very faded gold lettering appears to be "MacMillan". The spine has faded to a brown colour. There is a brown stain ( 1 cm x .5 cm) on the edge of the pages -- visible when the book is closed. The flyleaf has a list of nineteen books and one play also written by the author. Dedication of book is to: "Betty and Daniel MacMillan in friendship". 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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