The St. Lawrence

The St. Lawrence

by Henry Beston, Daniel Payne


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Vast watercourse, boundary, and the gateway to North America—the St. Lawrence River has been an integral player in the formation of Canada as we know it today. But as writer and naturalist Henry Beston reminds us, this great passageway carries much more than historical significance to the wildlife of its waters and banks. Travelling along the river more than 70 years ago, Beston expertly observed its natural environment as he researched the greatest survey of the land and its people that had yet been written.

Illustrated with sketches from the Group of Seven's A.Y. Jackson, The St. Lawrence quickly became one of the most beloved titles in the Rivers of America series when it was first published in 1942. The Wynford edition restores to print this classic work of non-fiction, with a new introduction by Beston's biographer, Daniel Payne, to situate the book within its historical context for the modern reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195449556
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/15/2012
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Henry Beston (1888-1968) was a beloved American naturalist and author. He was a prolific writer of fiction, non-fiction, essays, poetry, and fairy tales for children. The Outermost House, his best-known book, was first published in 1925 and is today considered a classic work of American naturalist writing.

Daniel Payne is associate professor in the Department of English at the State University of New York-Oneonta. Currently writing the authorized critical biography of Henry Beston, he has contributed to the new introduction to the Wynford edition of The St. Lawrence.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Wynford Edition
I. Ontario to Montreal
1. Arrival to New France
2. The City on the Rock
3. The American Captives
4. The Great Siege from the French Side of the Lines
5. The Golden Age of the Canoe
6. Old French Canada
II. Montreal to Quebec
7. Legends for a Winter Night
8. "Le Pulp"
9. Sunday on the River
10. A Pause by the Current
11. Episode on the Cote Nord
III. Quebec to the Sea
12. St. Lawrence Sky
13. Wild Life on the Stream
14. Small Birds to the North
15. Indian Pilgrimage

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