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The History of Emily Montague Paperback – July 12, 2010
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First published in 1769, The History of Emily Montague, which brings the 18th-century novel into a New World context, is rightly called Canada?s ? indeed North America?s ? first novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Frances Brooke was an eighteenth century English novelist, playwright and translator. Best known for her novels The History of Lady Julia Mandeville and The History of Emily Montague, Brooke also published a weekly periodical called Old Maid using the name Mary Singleton, Spinster. Frances Brooke died in 1789. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
However, it does have some strengths. Brooke had an excellent talent for description. You feel the winter chill, the warmth of the fires, and the mist blowing off the ocean. Brooke also had a clean and flowing writing style, especially for this period. Consequently, the reader gets an excellent picture of colonial Canada in general, and Quebec in particular. She skillfully describes interactions between English and French colonials and even has a scene or two involving aboriginal people. If Fodor or Baedecker where hiring at the time, she could have been their best travel writer.
If you like novels from this period, you will like Emily Monatague. I doubt it will replace your favorite, but the interesting setting makes it worth the effort.