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Title: Book - "The Master of Jalna"
Identifier: 2005.9.12
Donor: Mr. Dennis Mills
Item Date: 1933
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: 1933 second edition book, "The Master of Jalna" by Mazo de la Roche. Green hard-backed book bound in book cloth with a title in large orange capitals. The author's name is at the bottom of the front boarding slightly smaller capitals. The spine has the title, author's surname and publisher all in orange capitals. The book contains 331 pages of text. After the end pages is a page with the title, on the reverse of which is a list of locations of the publishers: MacMillan & Co. Ltd. in London, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, & Melbourne; The MacMillan Company in New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, & San Francisco; The Macmillan Company of Canada Ltd. Toronto. The title page follows with title, author's full name and the publisher's name and address: "MacMillan Co. Ltd., St. Martin's St. London" and the date of publication "1933". On the reverse is copyright information and the printer's name and location. The next page has a dedication "To Hugh Walpole", then a Contents page with Chapters I - XXXIII, all titled, which precedes the text on page 1. 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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