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Title: Book - "Beside A Norman Tower" - Mazo de la Roche
Identifier: 2005.8.21
Donor: Mrs. Hay
Item Date: 1934
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: First edition blue hard covered book containing 244 pages with green lettering for title "Beside A Norman Tower". A picture imprinted in darker blue above the title shows a little girl marching forward. A dark blue line outlines the front cover of the book. The spine has the title again in green with an outline of a Norman tower in green above it. Beside the title in green is "de la Roche". At the tailcap is the publisher printed in green: Little, Brown and Company. After the end leaves is a page with the title, the reverse of which has a list of books by Mazo de la Roche: Jalna; Whiteoaks of Jalna; Finch's Fortune; The Master of Jalna; Lao Wife and Other Plays; Portrait of a Dog; Lark Ascending; Beside a Norman Tower. Next is the frontispiece with a sketch of a little girl's face entitled "Gillian". The title page has the title and author in black capital letters below which is a drawing of a toddler and the note: "With illustrations by A.H. Wilson". At the bottom of title page is the publisher name: "Boston, Little, Brown and Company 1934." The reverse of title page has "Copyright 1934. By Little, Brown & Company. All rights reserved. Published 193"4. On the copyright page is information enclosed in black outline box "The Atlantic Monthly Press Books are published by Little, Brown and Company in association with the Atlantic Monthly Company". At the bottom of the page are the words: "Printed in the United States of America". The next page has a dedication: "For Charles Chant, Jane Bird, Cissie Bull, Nurse Baverman and Nurse Kennedy with happy recollections". Following the dedication page is an index of Illustrations of which there are 53, featuring two toddlers Gillian and Diggery. Another page with a title precedes the main text. On the reverse of this page is a note from Mazo de la Roche about her reason for writing a book where the two main characters are toddlers. The main text consists of 247 pages with rough-cut edges. The back end pages follow the last page of text. 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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