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Roughing it in the Bush
or Forrest Life in Canada by Susanna Moodie (1871)

'Roughing It In the Bush' is Susanna Moodie's account of how she coped with the harshness of life in the woods of Upper Canada, as an Englishwoman homesteading abroad. Her narrative was constructed partly as a response to the glowing falsehoods European land-agents were circulating about life in the New World. Her chronicle is frank and humorous, and was a popular sensation at the time of its publication in 1852. (Summary by Moira Fogarty)

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Canada - A Contrast
Canada - (Poetical Address)
A Visit to Grosse Isle
Our Journey up the Country
Tom Wilson's Emigration
Our First Settlement, and the Borrowing System
Old Satan and Tom Wilson's Nose
Uncle Joe and His Family
John Monaghan
Phoebe R-, And our Second Moving
Brian, The Still-Hunter
The Charivari
A Journey to the Woods
The Wilderness and our Indian Friends
Burning the Fallow
Our Logging-Bee
A Trip to Stony Lake
The Ould dhragoon
Disappointed Hopes
The Little Stumpy Man
The Fire
The Outbreak
The Whirlwind
The Walk to Dummer
A Change in our Prospects
Adieu to the Woods

See also by the same author...

Life in the Backwoods
A Sequel to Roughing it in the Bush (pdf)


Life in the Clearings versus the Bush (pdf)

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