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Title: Book - "Whiteoak Harvest" - Mazo de la Roche
Identifier: 2005.8.22
Donor: Mrs. Hay
Item Date: 1948
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: (1) First edition hardback book bound with blue buckram and containing 334 pages. The spine is imprinted with gold letters stating the title, author and publisher. The end page precedes a page with a title. On the reverse is a list of looks 'by the same author'. The title page follows with "Whiteoak Harvest" in block capitals below which is "by Mazo de la Roche" in smaller capitals. At the bottom of the title page is the publisher information: "Toronto; The MacMillan Company of Canada Ltd. 1948". On the reverse of the title page is the word "Copyright" and below "Printed in Canada". The next page has a dedication "For Ted and Fritzi Weeks". A page of contents lists the chapter from I to XXXI carrying onto the reverse of the page. The next page has only the title "Whiteoak Harvest" in block capitals and on the reverse a family tree of the Whiteoak clan starting with Captain Philip Whiteoak (of the British army) and Adeline Caint (of Ireland). "1 R" written on back end papers. (2) The dust-jacket has a black & white illustration of a woman's and man's head and shoulders with a tree in the background. The background colour is a light yellow. The title "Whiteoak Harvest" is in white block capitals against the black of the tree. At the bottom on the front cover is the author's name . The title is again in white letters at the top of the spine with the author's name in black on the yellow background lower down the spine. At the bottom of the spine is the publisher's name "MacMillan". The back cover is white with a chain-link border enclosing again the list of books presented in the front leaves of the book. It is headed "Chronicles of the Whiteoak Family by Mazo de la Roche". Below the list is a daisy motif and the publishers name : "MacMillan & Co. Ltd." The inside flap of the front dust jacket gives a brief outline of the story. Lower down is the price of the book, $1.49. 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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