Susanna Moodie: Letters of a Lifetime

By Susanna Moodie Edited by Carl Ballstadt, Elizabeth Hopkins, and Michael Peterman

© 1993

First published in 1985, this volume of letters follows Susanna Moodie from her Suffolk girlhood and her experience as an aspiring young writer in London, through her emigration to Upper Canada and five decades of Canadian life. The letters provide a sense of Moodie's literary accomplishments before her emigration, the long, uncertain struggle to develop her career as a writer in the colony, and the brief but intense period of literary activity during which her books were published in Britain and the U.S.

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  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 590 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.1in x 9.0in
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First published in 1985, this volume of letters follows Susanna Moodie from her Suffolk girlhood and her experience as an aspiring young writer in London, through her emigration to Upper Canada and five decades of Canadian life.

Susanna Moodie: Letters of a Lifetime

By Susanna Moodie Edited by Carl Ballstadt, Elizabeth Hopkins, and Michael Peterman

© 1993

First published in 1985, this volume of letters follows Susanna Moodie from her Suffolk girlhood and her experience as an aspiring young writer in London, through her emigration to Upper Canada and five decades of Canadian life. The letters provide a sense of Moodie's literary accomplishments before her emigration, the long, uncertain struggle to develop her career as a writer in the colony, and the brief but intense period of literary activity during which her books were published in Britain and the U.S.

Product Details

  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 590 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.1in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    'The humanity and vision of Susanna Moodie emerge clearly from this book. Letters of a Lifetime also captures the mind, soul, and being of a person seemingly outside the conventional historical process...Seldom are books about men as informative, moving, and enjoyable as this book which at long last reveals the true face of Susanna Moodie.'


    Heather MacDougall
    Canadian Historical Review

    'A profoundly revealing picture of this complex and fascinating personality.'


    Heather MacDougall
    Canadian Historical Review

    'A crucially important book in Canadian literary history. It is also good reading.'


    Laurel Boone
    Books in Canada

    'A fascinating portrait.'


    Keith Garebian
    Quill & Quire
  • Author Information

    Susanna Moodie (1803-1885) was an English-born Canadian author who wrote about her experiences as a settler in Canada.



    Carl Ballstadt is a professor emeritus of the Department of English at McMaster University.



    Elizabeth Hopkins is a member of the English Department at Glendon College, York University.



    Michael Peterman is professor emeritus and past Chairman of the Department of English, Trent University. He is a co-editor of Susanna Moodie: Letters of a Lifetime and Letters of Love and Duty: The Correspondence of Susanna and John Moodie.

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