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Title: Book - "Possession" - Mazo de la Roche
Identifier: 2005.8.12.1-2
Donor: Mrs. Hay
Item Date: 1923
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: Red cloth hard-covered book containing 289 pages plus four end pages by Mazo de la Roche. The book has its original dust jacket which has a pink and white geometrical design and the title "Possession" printed diagonally and the author's name "by Mazo de la Roche" at the lower right hand corner with "Author of Jalna" below. The back and inside of the dust jacket has lists of books published by A.L. Burt Company. On the inside front, fold-in of the dust jacket is a description of Mazo de la Roche's story while the back fold-in describes another book series published by Burt Co. "The Big Mogul". The front fly leaf has a signature "J. Stanley Teague, Newark, N. J." The next page has title "Possession" followed by the title page which has: "Possession by Mazo de la Roche. Author of 'Delight'." At the bottom of the title page is "A.L. Burt Company, Publishers, New York. Published by arrangement with The MacMillan Company. Printed in U.S.A." On the reverse of title page is printed "Copyright 1923 By the MacMillan Company. Set up and electrotyped published in February 1923. Printed in the United States of America." The next page has a dedication "To Christopher Morley". Following the dedication page is a 'Contents' page with each chapter numbered. A page entitled Part 1 precedes the start of the novel. At the end of the book are 3 pages advertising other volumes published by A. L.Burt and one blank fly-leaf. The red cloth binding is in excellent condition. The title on the spine is in dull gold with lines and semi-circles framing a decoration above and below the title. History: Christopher Morley (1890-1957), an American editor and author was well-known in literature circles. Morley was one of the founders of the Saturday Review of Literature and he was the editor from 1924 to 1940. He was a prolific writer with over 50 published books including The Haunted Bookshop (1919), Thunder on the Left (1925) and Kitty Foyle (1939). He graduated from Haverford College in 1910 and was a Rhodes Scholar. 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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