Place Published: London
Publisher: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street Published in Ordinary to Her Majesty
Date Published: 1853
Edition: 1st, 2nd issue
Binding: Hard Cover
NOW SCARCE, FIRST LONDON EDITION OF MOODIE'S CLEARING BOOK
First UK edition, 2nd issue. 4-3/8 x 7-3/8 inches, xvi,-384pp.,
New half leather binding, leather spine with 5 bands, gilt type and brown cloth boards. Internally pages are lightly age toned but no foxing and clean. 1/4 inch open tear on title page outside border.
Ex: Libris: Liverpool Library stamp small stamp on back of title page.
Overall condition is very good+. TPL 3381
In 1852, Moodie had published Roughing it in the Bush, detailing her experiences on the farm in the 1830s. In 1853, she published Life in the Clearings Versus the Bush, about her time in Belleville. This "Clearings" story was more upbeat than here "Roughing it in the Bush" published a ear earlier. “Ah, Hope! what would life be, stripped of thy encouraging smiles, that teach us to look behind the dark clouds of today, for the golden beams that are to gild the morrow.” quoted in "Life in the Clearings Versus the Bush"
Alias Grace, a story based on Margaret Atwood's award-winning novel, starring Sarah Gadon tells the story of a 16-year-old maid, Grace Marks, convicted over the murder of her employer.
Alias Grace, which was originally written in 1996 by Margaret Atwood, is based on the true story of Grace Marks, a young Irish immigrant and servant in Upper Canada who finds herself accused of murdering her employer in 1843. A CBC and Netflix original productions were made. Alias Grace represents Atwood's fascination with the tale after reading author Susanna Moodie's account of the murders in the 1853 book, Life in the Clearing. Moodie, best known for Roughing it in the Bush, wrote about Marks' case in Life in the Clearing, although many of the details Moodie reported were later revealed to be inaccurate.
Susanna Moodie (1803-1885), the sister of Catherine Parr Traill, emigrated from England to Coburg, Upper Canada in 1832 and later in 1839 moved to Belleville where she and her husband underwent all the hardships of pioneer life. The sequel to 'Roughing It In The Bush' but more positive and with much greater enthusiasm for the emigrant.
As a middle-class Englishwoman Moodie did not particularly enjoy "the bush", as she called it. In 1840 she and her husband moved to Belleville, which she referred to as "the clearings". She studied the Family Compact and became sympathetic to the moderate reformers led by Robert Baldwin, while remaining critical of radical reformers such as William Lyon Mackenzie. This caused problems for her husband, who shared her views, but, as sheriff of Belleville, had to work with members and supporters of the Family Compact.
Very Good+. Item #450