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Susanna Moodie is best remembered for her first-person narrative of pioneer life in Canada, Roughing It in the Bush, 1852, considered a foundational work of Canadian literature. She was a prolific author who wrote children's stories, sketches, novels, poetry, and other non-fiction. Her work has proved important for two contemporary Canadian writers, Margaret Atwood and Carol Shields.
6 December 1803 Susanna Strickland (later SM) was born at Bungay in Suffolk, the youngest of six sisters. Bibliographic Citation link.
1822 Susanna Strickland, later SM, published her first book at the age of nineteen with the London firm A. K. Newman: Spartacus, A Roman Story, a historical fiction set in the ancient world. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 15 February 1852 Susanna Moodie published her personal narrative Roughing It in the Bush; or, Life in Canada, dedicated to "her sister Agnes Strickland, Author of the Lives of the Queens of England." Bibliographic Citation link. In fact Agnes was joint author with their unmentioned sister Elizabeth. Bibliographic Citation link.
16 June 1852 In a Canadian review of Roughing It, Charles Lindsay accused SM of being "an ape of the aristocracy, too poor to lie on a sofa and too proud to labour for a living"; he apologized a year later. Bibliographic Citation link.
1875 SM published in Edinburgh her last novel: George Leatrim; or, The Mother's Test. Bibliographic Citation link.
11 April 1885 SM died in her daughter's home at 152 Adelaide Street East, Toronto, after thirty-six hours of violent hallucinations and nightmares. Bibliographic Citation link.
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