Roughing It in the Bush, Or, Life in Canada
A Critical EditionBook - 1997
In 1832, Susanna Moodie, her husband, and her daughter immigrated to Canada from England in search of financial independence. In Roughing It in the Bush, Moodie recounts the seven and a half years the family spent pioneering in the unsettled Canadian backwoods. The text reprinted in this Norton Critical Edition is the second English edition, of July 1852, chosen because it corrects errors in the first edition and adds selected material by Moodie that was not included in the first edition. "Backgrounds" includes early and later portraits of Moodie, photographs of the Moodies' houses in England and Canada, one of Moodie's letters from the backwoods, and a map of Upper Canada. Also included in this section is an advertisement for the first edition, Charles Frederick Briggs's preface to the first American edition (1852), Susanna Moodie's introduction to the first Canadian edition (1871), John Moodie's "Canadian Sketches" from the second English edition, three separately published sketches by Susanna Moodie, and five letters from Susanna to John during his military appointment in the winter of 1839. "A Slight Sketch of the Early Life of Mrs. Moodie," by Catharine Parr Traill-Susanna Moodie's sister-and five contemporary reviews are also reprinted. "Criticism" collects twelve essays by leading Canadian writers, scholars, and literary critics: Margaret Atwood, Carl Ballstadt, David Stouck, John Thurston, D. M. R. Bentley, Bina Freiwald, Susan Glickman, Michael A. Peterman, Carole Gerson, Misao Dean, and Helen M. Buss. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included. Book jacket.