NCL 50 – Settlers of the Marsh by Frederick P. Grove


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Settlers of the Marsh by Frederick P. Grove (New Canadian Library N50)

Series One

From the Back Page:

When Settlers of the Marsh was first published in 1925, Canadian readers were unprepared for this landmark in Prairie realism. The true-to-life setting and exact dialogue of this hypnotic story combine to create a powerful portrait of life in the Canadian West. Frederick Philip Grove’s brooding tale of Niels, the young Swedish immigrant who settles in the bush country of Northern Manitoba, is certain to delight–and surprise–even today’s reader.


Settlers of the Marsh by Frederick P. Grove (New Canadian Library N50)

Series Two

From the Back Page:

When Settlers of the Marsh was first published in 1925, Canadian readers were unprepared for this landmark in Prairie realism. The true-to-life setting and exact dialogue of this hypnotic story combine to create a powerful portrait of life in the Canadian West. Frederick Philip Grove’s brooding tale of Niels, the young Swedish immigrant who settles in the bush country of Northern Manitoba, is certain to delight–and surprise–even today’s reader.


Settlers of the Marsh by Frederick Philip Grove (New Canadian Library N50)Series Three

From the Back Cover:

A chapter of living history from Canada’s pioneer past, Settlers of the Marsh tells the haunting story of Niels, a young Swedish immigrant who settles in the bush country of northern Manitoba

Niels dreams of a future which holds a prosperous homestead and happy marriage, but his dreams are thwarted by two women–one who will not marry him because of her fear of sex, and one whose seduction of the serious young farmer yields only tragedy.

Evoking the prairie with writing which approaches poetry, Frederick Grove’s novel is a magnificent portrayal of the lives of people determined to build new lives in a new country.

Settlers of the Marsh was first published in 1925, after a long struggle by the author to persuade Canadian publishers that his first novel would be accepted by the public. Critics immediately condemned it as “obscene” and “indecent” and churches issued warnings to their congregations to avoid its scandalous contents at all costs. It was not until several decades later that Settlers of the Marsh was recognized as a work of powerful realism, the beginning of a new development in literature in this country.


Settlers of the Marsh by Frederick Philip Grove (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

From the Back Cover:

SETTLERS OF THE MARSH [by Frederick Philip Grove] was first published in 1925, after a struggle by the author to persuade publishers that his first novel would meet public acceptance. Some critics immediately condemned this hypnotic story of loss of innocence on the Manitoba frontier, calling it “obscene” and “indecent.” Churches issued warnings to their congregations to avoid its scandalous contents. Only several decades later was SETTLERS OF THE MARSH recognized for what it is – a landmark in the development of the Canadian novel, and a work of realism in the tradition of Thomas Hardy.

A psychological portrait of life in the Canadian West, SETTLERS OF THE MARSH presents with chilling accuracy the hopes, passions, and anxieties of young pioneers.


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