NCL 31 – Roughing It in the Bush by Susanna Moodie


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Roughing It in the Bush by Susanna Moodie (New Canadian Library N31)

Series One

From the Back Cover:

Susanna Moodie belongs to the origins of our literary heritage, and no library of Canadian classics would be complete without her. When Roughing It in the Bush was published in the 1850’s its publishers described it as a “glowing narrative of personal incident and suffering,” and “a genuine romance which has all the interest of an imaginative creation.” Its large fund of ironic observations of pioneer life in Canada, its lively re-creation of an era that is past in this country has made of it a book that is of enduring fascination to readers of all tastes.


Roughing It in the Bush by Susanna Moodie (New Canadian Library N31)

Series Two

From the Back Cover:

Susanna Moodie belongs to the origins of our literary heritage, and no library of Canadian classics would be complete without her. When Roughing It in the Bush was published in the 1850’s its publishers described it as a “glowing narrative of personal incident and suffering,” and “a genuine romance which has all the interest of an imaginative creation.” Its large fund of ironic observations of pioneer life in Canada, its lively re-creation of an era that is past in this country has made of it a book that is of enduring fascination to readers of all tastes.


Roughing It in the Bush by Susanna Moodie (New Canadian Libray N31)Series Three

From the Back Cover:

“This feminine view of early Canada has become a Canadian classic…a motherlode of ironic observations on pioneer life.” – Victoria Times-Colonist

Susanna Moodie belongs to the origins of our literary heritage, and no library of Canadian classics would be complete without her. When Roughing It in the Bush was published in the 1850’s it created a sensation in England–not only for its “glowing narrative of personal incident and suffering”, but for Mrs. Moodie’s firm determination to puncture the illusions European land-agents were circulating about life in the colonies.

Here is a frank and unvarnished account of the author’s experience trying to build a homestead in Upper Canada–the relentless toil to clear a few acres of land, the rough society and common “debauchery”, the isolation of living far from the accustomed comforts of civilization. Yet here too, leavened by Susanna Moodie’s ever-present sense of humour and eye for colourful characters, is the lively re-creation of an era that is a vital part of this country’s past.


Roughing It in the Bush by Susanna Moodie (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

From the Back Cover:

When ROUGHING IT IN THE BUSH was published in 1852, it created an international sensation, not only for Susanna Moodie’s “glowing narrative of personal incident,” but also for her firm determination to puncture the illusions European land-agents were circulating about life in Canada. This frank and fascinating chronicle details her harsh – and humorous – experiences in homesteading with her family in the woods of Upper Canada.

Part documentary, part psychological parable, ROUGHING IT IN THE BUSH is, above all, an honest account of how one woman coped not only in a new world, but, more importantly, with herself.

The New Canadian Library edition is an unabridged reprint of the complete original text.


Roughing It In The Bush by Susanna Moodie (new Canadian Library) front coverSeries Five

From the Back Cover:

When Roughing It in the Bush was published in 1852, it created an international sensation, not only for Susanna Moodie’s “glowing narrative of personal incident,” but also for her firm determination to puncture the illusions European land-agents were circulating about life in Canada. This frank and fascinating chronicle details her harsh – and humorous – experiences in homesteading with her family in the woods of Upper Canada.

Part documentary, part psychological parable, Roughing It in the Bush is, above all, an honest account of how one woman coped not only in a new world, but, more importantly, with herself.

The New Canadian Library edition is an unabridged reprint of the complete original text.


Roughing It in the Bush by Susanna Moodie (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Six

From the Back Cover:

Roughing It in the Bush chronicles Susanna Moodie’s harsh and often humorous experiences homesteading in the woods of Upper Canada. A frank and fascinating account of how one woman coped, not only with a new world, but with a new self, it punctures illusions once circulated about life in the Dominion. This unabridged text continues to justify the international sensation it caused when it was first published in 1852.

“[Moodie’s] extraordinary honesty…continues to fascinate each generation of readers.” – Susan Glickman


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