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BOOK - William Wye Smith: Recollections of a Nineteenth Century Scottish Canadian
Edited by Scott A. McLean and Michael E. Vance

Many writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries emphasised the virtues of early rural pioneers and life on the land as a general criticism of what they perceived to be the negative, alienating influence of Ontario's rapid urban and industrial expansion. Such work often highlighted the difficulties the recent emigrant faced: the clearing of forest and the breaking of new ground, the isolation and long Canadian winters; however they in turn celebrated the progress demonstrated in the pioneer's domination over nature, the establishment of thriving communities and the extension of transportation networks.

William Wye Smith, a popular nineteenth century Upper Canadian (Ontario) poet, was no exception. Smith prepared his Canadian Reminiscences, a hand-written compilation of anecdotes collected during his lifetime that relate to his experience as journalist, clergyman and son of Scottish settlers, to provide his own unique perspective of pioneer life.

This fully annotated version of Smith's unpublished manuscript highlights Smith's unwitting testimony to the social life of the province, his relationship to the construction and maintenance of Scottish and Canadian identity, as well as his position in literary history.

Contents include:
  • Acknowledgements
  • Editors' note on the Text
  • Reading William Wye Smith: An introduction to Background Influences and Stereotypes
  • Abbreviations
  • The Bygone Age
  • The Pioneers
  • Odd Characters and Customs
  • Makeshifts of Bush Life
  • Buried Fortunes
  • English and Scotch Immigrants
  • The Indians
  • The Negroes
  • Literature in the Bush
  • Backwoods Experiences
  • Afterword: Reverend William W. Smith and Identity
  • Appedix A: Works of William A. Smith
  • Appendix B: Poem of Archibald McKillop: "The Blind Poet of Megantic"
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Number of pages: 421
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00 inches
B&W Illustrations
Published: 2008
Published by Natural Heritage Books
ISBN - 10:1550028049 ISBN - 13:9781550028041

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