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Title: Book - "Mary Wakefield"
Identifier: 2005.9.8
Donor: Mr. Dennis Mills
Item Date: 1949
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: 1949 first edition book, "Mary Wakefield" by Mazo de la Roche. Dark green hard-backed book bound in book cloth with 298 pages of text. The title, author's name and publisher are imprinted in gold capitals on the spine. The end leaves have ownership and names and addresses while the following page has only the title but on the reverse, a dedication: "To Walter Allward in friendship and homage". The title page has the title, author, and publisher's name and location and the date of publication. On the reverse is a list of the author's other 10 books in the Jalna series. Below is copyright information and the date 1949. The contents page has a list of chapters numbered I to XXIII and precedes page 1 and the text. Front pastedown has an address label with: "Fern Henderson, 430 Douglas Ave, Toronto 12, Ont." printed on it. In the corner of the same page is written in pencil: "M29/200". Opposite on the flyleaf written in pen is: "Fern Henderson, 131 Belsize Dr., Toronto". 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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