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Bessie Marchant (1862–1941)

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Obres de Bessie Marchant

How Nell Scored (1929) 10 exemplars
A Countess from Canada (2004) 10 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Two New Girls (1927) 10 exemplars
By Honour Bound (1925) 9 exemplars
The Fortunes of Prue (1935) 6 exemplars
Glenallan's Daughters (1928) 5 exemplars
A Heroine of the Sea (1904) 4 exemplars
Diana Carries On (1930) 3 exemplars
Sylvia's Secret 3 exemplars
Miss Wilmer's Gang 2 exemplars
Deborah's Find 2 exemplars
A Girl of the Pampas (1920) 2 exemplars
To Save Her School! 2 exemplars
A Girl of the Fortunate Isles (1907) 2 exemplars
Millicent Gwent, Schoolgirl (1926) 2 exemplars
Nancy Afloat 2 exemplars
Fleckie: A Story of the Desert (1920) 2 exemplars
In the Cradle of the North Wind 2 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Felicity's Fortune (1936) 2 exemplars
That Dreadful Boy! (1901) 2 exemplars
Cuckoo of the Log Raft (1931) 2 exemplars
Hilda Holds On (1929) 2 exemplars
Rolf the Rebel 2 exemplars
A Girl of the Northland (1915) 2 exemplars
Nancy Afloat 1 exemplars
Di the dauntless 1 exemplars
The Secret Of The Everglades (1937) 1 exemplars
An Island Heroine 1 exemplars
Two Of A Kind (1948) 1 exemplars
A Brave Little Cousin (1902) 1 exemplars
Erica's Ranch 1 exemplars


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Altres noms
Comfort, Mrs J. A.
Comfort, Bessie Marchant
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc de naixement
Kent, England
children's book author
young adult writer
girls' school story author
Biografia breu
Bessie Marchant produced many popular novels for girls over a period of five decades from the 1890s. Part of their appeal was the freedom allowed the heroines by the author, who portrayed them as brave and intrepid characters.



When Katherine Radford's father is injured in a sledding accident while delivering goods from his backwoods Keewatin store, the college-educated young woman, who had hoped to become a school-teacher, instead finds herself taking over her father's business, and becoming the head of the family. Dismayed when Duke Radford confides in her that he once did wrong by Oswald Selincourt, the very man who has just purchased the local fishing fleet, Katherine agrees to attempt to make restitution if the opportunity should arise. Her bold actions in saving Jervis Ferrars, factotum to Mr. Selincourt, from drowning in a flooded river, begin a trend of life-saving incidents, as she also rescues Mr. Selincourt himself from sinking into a muskeg, and Mr. Selincourt's daughter Mary, from a coastal ledge on which she has become trapped. But when Katherine comes to believe that Mary Selincourt is in love with Mr. Ferrars, whom she too loves, she wonders if a further sacrifice will be required, to clear her father's moral debt...

Originally published in 1911, A Countess from Canada is one of numerous titles from British author Bessie Marchant, sometimes styled the 'female Henty,' in which courageous young women encounter adventure and prove themselves heroines in various wild locales. Although the narrative developments here are quite formulaic - the many rescues effected by the eponymous heroine, the secretly noble identity of the hero - the descriptions of Katherine's day-to-day life running a backwoods store were quite interesting, and provided entertaining fare. I enjoyed reading about her dog-sledding deliveries in particular. There was some socially outdated material, in the discussion of the possibility of female bravery - apparently women are only capable of being brave when they forget themselves, and act selflessly - as well as the depictions of the native people, who are described as cunning thieves who are not to be trusted. Fans of vintage fare for girls will find some themes of interest to them here, but more general readers will probably not be that interested.
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AbigailAdams26 | Jun 24, 2015 |
The cover picture shows a cricketing scene. The fielder at short fine leg looks completely unprepared. This actual copy was presented to Douglas Edwards, Ardrossan Aacdemy in 1918/19 (I once went to Ardrossan and the weather was so bad, the boat couldn't dock - in summer) for manual work, singing and drawing. Douglas wasn't very academic then?
jon1lambert | Oct 10, 2008 |
Even in Montenegro, apparently, natives are childlike and easily duped by a plucky English girl. (Odd that although the author repeatedly refers to the family as English, they are from Glasgow. Helen's father Mr Stuart is always an "Englishman" except once when his work ethic makes him a "hard-headed Scot"!) Helen's exploits would make Nancy Drew proud. A worthy role model for Edwardian girlhood.
muumi | Mar 29, 2008 |

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