|Description: Rectangular paper journal/magazine; front and back binding cover is light red in colour. Pages of journal are mostly cream-coloured and printed with black ink. Front cover has the words "Governor Smith Replies, The Atlantic Monthly, May 1927" with an image enclosed in a medallion depicting a bearded, crowned man sitting on a wave and holding a trident (Poseidon?) and reaching out to a horse. Below listed is the table of contents with page numbers. Page 642 is "Jalna: The Atlantic Prize Novel by Mazo de la Roche". Bottom of front cover page has words "The Atlantic Monthly Company" and above information on advertising sections. Bottom left corner: "40 cents a copy"; bottom right: "$4.00 a year". Spine reads: "Atlantic Monthly May 1927 Vol. 139, No. 5." Back cover has an advertisement for Brown Brothers & Co. Journal has essays, articles, and excerpts by various authors and writers. There are advertising sections at the front and back of the journal, some in colour. Page 6 and 7 announce the winning of $10,000 by Mazo de la Roche for her 'Jalna' story and novel "for the most interesting novel". Page 6 goes on to describe details of prize and process of selection; de la Roche's writing background; 'ancestry' , hobbies and characteristics. A photograph of the author is included. Page 7 gives a description and synopsis of "Jalna". A first instalment from "Jalna" begins on page 642 and continues to 661 where it is noted "to be continued".
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.
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.