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On February 19, the annual Family Day holiday was celebrated in a number of Canadian provinces. As we take time to appreciate our own families, we can also consider the famous families that appear in literature.
There are many families that appear in juvenile series. These include a number from the Stratemeyer Syndicate, such as the two sets of fraternal twins, Nan, Bert, Freddie and Flossie in The Bobbsey Twins, brothers Frank and Joe in The Hardy Boys and sisters Jean and Louise is The Dana Girls. Many of Enid Blyton’s books feature families, including the popular series, The Famous Five. This series involves the adventures of three siblings, a cousin and the family dog.
Some families featured in our collection are real ones. The story of the famous pioneering Ingalls family was told by Laura Ingalls Wilder in her Little House series starting with Little House in the Big Woods. The image is an illustration by Helen Sewell depicting Laura and her sisters Mary and Carrie. The history of the Plantagenet kings of England is told in Thomas B. Costain’s 4-volume nonfiction series, starting with The Conquering Family.
Not all family stories are happy ones. Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina opens with “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Costain’s saga shows family members warring not just with foreign invaders but amongst themselves. Another notable dysfunctional family can be found in William Faulker’s works. The trials of the Compson family are described in works such as The Sound and the Fury
Which literary family is your favourite? If the book is in Canada’s public domain and you don’t see it on our site, consider joining us as a volunteer to help us expand our collection. For more information, check out our companion site, Distributed Proofreaders of Canada.
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