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Title: Book - "The Building of Jalna" - Mazo de la Roche
Identifier: 2005.8.20
Donor: Mrs. Hay
Item Date: 1944
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: (1) First edition hard-backed book with 306 pages covered in green book cloth with an imprint of two oak leaves and acorns, a symbol used by the the Jalna Series. On the spine is a black rectangle on which is printed the title in gold letters "The Building of Jalna" with a tiny acorn symbol and "de la Roche". (2) The dust jacket is very colourful with a picture of a large house fronted by a raised patio with steps leading down to a construction site with saw-horses and bits of lumber scattered around. In the foreground a woman sits on a tree stump with a man at her side who is pointing toward the house. Bright yellow lettering boldly proclaims the title and the author. The spine of the dust jacket is yellow with black title and author. The back of the cover is white with a list of books by Mazo de la Roche: Jalna Saga: The Building of Jalna; Young Penny (Jalna - 1906); Whiteoak Heritage, Jalna, Whiteoaks of Jalna; Finch's Fortune, The Master of Jalna, Whiteoak Harvest, Wakefield's Course. "I wish she would write a Jalna book a year for the rest of her life. Gertrude Atherton". The page following end leaves has the title "The Building of Jalna" followed by the title page in black letters Mazo de la Roche all rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or particle thereof in any form". Opposite this copyright information is a dedication page: "To St. John and Leonora Ervine and Rache Lovat Dickson in friendship and remembering their inscription in my copy of Sophia." The next following page has a list of contents with twenty chapters numbered in Roman numerals with titles for each chapter. eg. "I, In England, II, In Ireland" Another page has the title "The Building of Jalna" and following this the main text starts on the next page. On the front flap of dust jacket is a note regarding the size of the book "This book has not been condensed. Its bulk is less because of government paper quota regulations restricting all publishers." Below this note is the title and a small biography of Mazo de la Roche regarding her prize for Jalna, the London and New York play with Ethel Barrymore and with a comparison of her novels with those of Trollope. A brief outline of the story continues on the back flap. On the bottom of the inside flap is a note: "Book Club Edition." 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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