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Title: Book - "Whiteoaks of Jalna" - Mazo de la Roche
Identifier: 2005.8.10
Donor: Mrs. Hay
Item Date: 1929
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: Hardcover book entitled "Whiteoaks of Jalna", Sept. 1929, limited edition, number 271 of 350 copies; 423 pages. Spine is black, title plate is tan-coloured with title and author printed in black upper case letters. Cover is a black and white geometric design. Title page has green printed title, Journal logo, ‘Boston’ and ‘1929’ - remainder is printed black. The side edges of many pages are quite ragged as if torn rather than cut. The book is signed by the author. 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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