|Description: Rectangular paper journal/magazine. Front and back binding covers are a light (faded) red in colour. Mostly off-white, cream-coloured pages are printed with black ink. Front cover has words "A Kansan at Large: Clyde L. Davis; The Atlantic Monthly; October 1919" with an image enclosed in a medallion depicting a bearded, crowned man (Poseidon) on a wave, holding a trident and reaching toward a horse. Below listed is the index of contents with page numbers. Page 532 has a Mazo de la Roche short story. Bottom of cover page has "The Atlantic Monthly Company" with address and publication information. Bottom left corner: "35 cents a copy"; bottom right corner: "$4.00 a year". Spine reads: "Atlantic Monthly October 1919, Vol. 124, No. 4". Back cover has advertisement for L.C. Chase & Company. Journal has essays, articles and excerpts by various authors and writers. The first section of the journal is advertisements; coloured advertisements are also found randomly at the back of the journal. Pages 532 to 540 is Mazo de la Roche's short story "Explorers of the Dawn".
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 Encyclopedia, 2000 Edition (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1999), 639.
The Atlantic Monthly is an American literary/cultural magazine first published in 1857. It's first editor was James Russell Lowell who was also one of it's founders along with such literary notables as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Still in existence, The Atlantic publishes ten times per year and features articles on political science and foreign affairs as well as book reviews. For more information see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Monthly.