|Description: 1953 first edition book, " The Whiteoaks Brothers" by Mazo de la Roche. Green hard-backed book with book cloth binding. The title, surname of author and publisher are printed in yellow capitals on the spine. The book contains 307 pages. The end pages are followed by a page with the title only on the reverse of which is a list of 13 books in the Jalna series and 8 other books by Mazo de la Roche. The title page with the author and publisher's name and date, 1953 on the reverse side of which is the copyright information and "Printed in Canada", precedes the dedication page "For my children René and Kim with my love". The following page has a list of contents numbered chapters I - XXV all with titles. The next page has the title on the recto side while the verso has the Whiteoak Family Tree. The front flyleaf is marked in pencil in the top right hand corner "MBH/4.00".
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.