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Title: Book - "Renny's Daughter"
Identifier: 2005.9.10
Donor: Mr. Dennis Mills
Item Date: 1951
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: 1951 first edition book, "Renny's Daughter" by Mazo de la Roche. Tan coloured hard-backed book bound in book cloth with the title, author's name and publisher in black capitals on the spine. The book contains 363 pages. The flyleaf is followed by a page with the title only, the reverse of which has 10 books listed in the Jalna series and 10 other books and a play by Mazo de la Roche. The title page with author's name and publisher's name, location and date has on the reverse the copyright information referring to the Berne Convention. The Contents page has Chapters with titles numbered from I to XXXI which continue to the reverse of the page. Following is a family tree which precedes the text. The back pastedown is marked "1M350". 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.
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