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Newspaper Clipping - “She Wrote for Pleasure”
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Title: Newspaper Clipping - “She Wrote for Pleasure”
Identifier: 2007.1.69
Donor: Barbara Sayers Larson
Item Date: 1961
Creation Date: 2012
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A newspaper clipping of an obituary for Mazo de la Roche. It describes her work which sold in the millions in 15 languages, as stories dealing with traditions and social customs. It refers to the Clarkson district where Mazo de la Roche lived. The reverse has part of an advertisement for furniture. Typewritten at the top is: "The Telegram, Toronto, July 14, 1961"

Mazo Louise Roche was born in Newmarket in 1879. She was the only child of Alberta and William Roche. In 1927, her novel "Jalna" published under the name Mazo de la Roche won the $10,000 first prize in a competition sponsored by Atlantic Monthly, this win led to the publishing of a series of novels about the Whiteoak family of Jalna. The Jalna series was exceedingly popular, selling thousands of copies, with "Jalna" being turned into a movie and a television series. Mazo lived in Trail Cottage, which was located on property that had originally belonged to the Benares Estate. Mazo was friends with the Harrises and had visited Benares on several occasions. It has been speculated that the Benares House was Mazo's inspiration for the "Whiteoaks of Jalna". Mazo died on 12 July 1961. See: C.J. Taylor, 'de la Roche, Mazo' "Canadian Encyclopedia, 2000 Edition" (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1999), 639
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