de la Roche, Mazo

de la Roche, Mazo

(mā`zō də lä rôsh), 1885–1961, Canadian novelist, b. Toronto. Her popular novel, Jalna (1927), was followed by a series depicting the history, through 150 years, of the vigorous Whiteoak family who lived at "Jalna." The series includes 16 novels; among them are Whiteoaks (1929), Finch's Fortune (1931), Young Renny (1935), Whiteoak Harvest (1936), Growth of a Man (1938), The Building of Jalna (1944), and Mary Wakefield (1949). Her dramatization of Whiteoaks was staged in London and New York. De la Roche also wrote plays, children's books, a history of Quebec, and an autobiography, Ringing the Changes (1957).
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De La Roche, Mazo


Born in Newmarket, Toronto, on Jan. 15, 1879; died in Toronto on July 12, 1961. Canadian author.

De la Roche graduated from the University of Toronto. Her novel Jalna (1927) was the first of a series of 16 novels about the Whiteoak family. The last novel in the series was Morning at Jalna (1960). The author’s interest was focused solely on family relationships—social problems scarcely perturb her characters. De la Roche also wrote the popular play The Whiteoaks (1935). In the autobiography Ringing the Changes (1957) contemporary capitalist and patriarchal forms of life are contrasted.


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