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Title: Book - "Whiteoaks Heritage"
Identifier: 2005.9.5
Donor: Mr. Dennis Mills
Item Date: 1940
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: First edition book with dark orange cover of linen type fabric covering the book boards. Gold printing only on the spine reads: "Whiteoaks Heritage, Mazo de la Roche" at the top, and "MacMillan" at the bottom. The end paper inside has a list of 15 books and one play written by the author. The dedication is to "The Memory of H.E. in abiding friendship. Windrush Hill 1940". Inside, the back cover is separating from the hinge for 4 cm near the top. There are a few stains on the cover and the spine is faded in colour compared to the front and back covers. Inside back cover has written in pencil: "5B/225". 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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