314 pages, Paperback ISBN: 9781896133720 $19.95 CA
314 pages, Hardcover ISBN: 9781896133744 $39.95 CA
About the Book
In 1886, Susan Frances Harrison published a collection of eleven stories with the Ottawa Evening Journal. Some of the stories are as topical as the North-West Rebellion of the year before, while others take an ironic perspective on the vogue for local colour, especially in French Canada. The book begins with a Canadian artist's dissapointment and breakdown in London, where he has been unable to markey his work. It ends by anticipating Stephen Leacock's Arcadian Adventures of the Idle Rich with a mordant look at the lives of the wealthy in New York City. As the reviewer in the New York Critic observes,"One hardly knows which element predominates- the picturesque, the humerous, the imaginative, or the realistic.
This edition features explanatory notes based on Harrison's marginalia. It includes a bibliography, contemporary reviews from "The Week" and "Critic", a selection of Harrison's nonfiction, a biographical essay by Carrie MacMillan, and critical essays by Margaret Steffler, Jennifer Chambers, Wanda Campbell, and Shelly Hulan.