Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture in Canada 1925-1960

Mazo de la Roche

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A Word for Coffey. Short story. Maclean's 1 Apr. 1926: 23+

Good Friday. Short story. Maclean's 15 Oct. 1927: 3+

Dummy Love. Short story. Canadian Home Journal May 1932: 5-6, 32, 75

The Thunder of New Wings. Serial. Chatelaine June, July, Aug., Sept., Oct, Nov., Dec. 1932, Jan., Feb. 1933: 6+; 12+; 18+; n.p.; 18+; 14+; 18; 16; 20

The Widow Cruse. Short story, Maclean’s 1 Dec. 1932: 7+

The Submissive Wife. Short story. Canadian Home Journal Aug. 1935: 5+

Twa Kings. Short story. Canadian Home Journal Jan. 1936: 18+

[with Stephen Leacock and Morley Callaghan] The Past Quarter Century. Article. Maclean’s 15 Mar. 1936: 36+

Mrs. Meade Savors Life. Short story. Canadian Home Journal May 1938: 7+

Pamela. Short story. Canadian Home Journal Dec. 1940: 8-9, 30, 32-5

What Price Loyalty? Short story. Canadian Home Journal Dec. 1949: 14, 50-2, 54-56

A Boy in the House. Short story. Chatelaine Nov. 1952: 20

Centenary at Jalna. Short story. Chatelaine May 1958: 21

This is My Favorite. Short Story. Chatelaine July 1959: 60+


Editorial. Canadian Home Journal Aug. 1935: n.p.

Coulon, Jacques. Mazo de la Roche, la Canadienne la plus connue du monde. La Revue Populaire Feb. 1958: 8

Editorial Commentary

‘First item on the programme, in every way ladies, is our new serial The Thunder of New Wings by Mazo de la Roche. I’m hoping for some very interesting arguments on this book, for Mazo de la Roche has never yet written anything of the type which elicits a bland “My, my yes. That was a pretty story”—plus complete forgetfulness from general readers. Her novels are of the type that arouse vivid interest, different points of view—and therefore healthful thought. Don’t forget to share your opinions with Chatelaine, will you?’ (Editorial by Byrne Hope Sanders. Chatelaine June 1932: 2)

‘Mazo de la Roche has written a brilliant short story, “The Widow Cruse.” It will be our star fiction feature, but the supporting stories are not to be sneezed at either ...’ (In the Editor’s Confidence. Editorial. Maclean’s 15 Nov. 1932: 2)

‘As a result of listening to an air-ful of U. S. Election speeches, we have become infected with a desire to “point with pride.” It is a desire easily gratified on page seven, where you will find a new and excellent short story by Mazo de la Roche, “The Widow Cruse.” Miss de la Roche, who almost yearly adds to her international fame as a novelist, is living in Devon, England, but Ontario is still home.’ (In the Editor’s Confidence. Editorial. Maclean’s 1 Dec. 1932: 2)

‘Every time a story of Mazo de la Roche’s appears, as her new story, The Submissive Wife, is appearing in the Canadian Home Journal, and every time a new recognition comes to her, as the adaptation of her Jalna sequence for the legitimate stage in London, and for the screen, one’s mind goes back to the great dinner given her by the Canadian Author’s Association in 1927. It was on the occasion of the announcement of the Atlantic Monthly Price of ten thousand dollars for the best novel submitted. The novel was the first Jalna. It took the critics by storm. A Canadian novel by a Canadian writer, until that time comparatively unknown, with a scene laid in Canada, all the things which Canadian writers were told off and on by interested discouragers of their work would doom them. For, so it was said, English readers looked upon Canadian literary output as the half-baked attempts of colonials to imitate English writing, and American readers thought of Canada as a “hick” place without sufficient “get up” to it to produce anything interesting. Miss de la Roche, with one book, made them swallow their assertions. And with her subsequent books she has proved that her prize-winning effort was no single flash of creative energy, but was part of the consistent talent of a mind acutely sensitized to fiction ...’ (Editorial. Canadian Home Journal Aug. 1935: n.p.)

‘This issue surely, is a pledge of these good things in store for 1936. There is, for instance, that outstanding Canadian authoress, Mazo del la Roche, represented by Twa Kings, her story of a Scottish boy in London for the Jubilee.’ (Editorial. Canadian Home Journal Jan. 1936: n.p.)

‘Speaking of modern women, and of ladies in their odd thirties, there is on page 7 a story about one of them by our great Canadian, Mazo de la Roche. Mrs. Meade, like many another adventurous woman of this period believed in “living dangerously.” At least in theory. When it came to a practical test she was not so sure about it. But do not take her conclusions too much to heart. We mean we do not take her conclusions about the philosophy of it too much to heart. There are different ways of doing it. “Living dangerously” is not just playing with notions of unusual behaviour. Life itself if you live it ardently is dangerous. At least to peace in the mind.’ (Editorial. Canadian Home Journal May 1938: n.p.)

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