Frances Brooke’s The History of Emily Montague is published

March 21, 2017

Frances Brooke

Frances Brooke, Catherine Read. Library and Archives Canada, 1981-88-1, C-117373


Written while Frances Brooke and her husband — a British military chaplain — resided in Canada, Emily Montague has been described as the first Canadian novel. Set in Québec City shortly after the British conquest, the novel contains lively descriptions of relations between English, French and Indigenous communities. It is also considered the first book about Canada by a female writer.

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