RIVER OF STRANGERS by DAY, Frank Parker, 1881-1950


Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page, 1926. Second or later printing, same year as the first. Ochre linen grain cloth lettered and ruled in black. pp [2]. (8), 237, [3]. Ochre vignette illustration on title page. Light yellowing to page edges, else a VG+ jacketless copy, no owner names. "An Adventurous Romance of the North Woods". "Alex MacDonald, gigantic doctor of the trading post at River of Strangers, was a talented musician, a widely-read student, a hard drinker, and a thorough cynic. But he had his dreams, and in those dreams he always saw the face of one girl." A scrawny, fanatic of a missionary who knows nothing of human nature is sent to reform the trappers. The missionary sends to England for his fiancée, who turns out to be the image of the girl of MacDonald's dreams. The newly weds move in with MacDonald. The plot thickens. The Nova Scotia author's first book. Day was the son of a Methodist minister who moved the family frequently around Nova Scotia. He won a Rhodes scholarship and was a champion rugger player and boxer. He served in WWI, was instrumental in recruiting and training the Cape Breton Highlanders, and rose to the rank of colonel. After the war he pursued an academic career, teaching English at the University of New Brunswick and becoming President of Union College in Schnectady, New York. His best-known novel ROCKBOUND won the 2005 Canada Reads competition and has become a CanLit classic since. The present novel is set on the Churchill River in Manitoba. Uncommon book.; Octavo

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