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Title: Book - "Morning at Jalna"
Identifier: 2005.9.11
Donor: Mr. Dennis Mills
Item Date: 1960
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: 1960 first edition book, "Morning at Jalna" by Mazo de la Roche. The paper dust cover has a coloured picture of trees, a brick building and three people standing beneath the trees. Back of the paper cover is white and lists other books by the author. Corners and edges of paper cover along the spine are worn and stained. The cardboard cover is beige with dark blue printing of the title and author on the front cover and on the spine. Inside on the fly leaf there is a 4 cm x 1 cm white sticker printed with: "F. Henderson, 165 Yonge .St. S. Richmond Hill". 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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