|Publisher:||McLelland & Stewart Limited|
|Tags:||Canada, Canadiana, Confederation, countryside, fiction, historical, New Brunswick|
In 1866 the question as to the creation of the Dominion of Canada was being considered by the different provinces of the British North American Colonies. In New Brunswick Leonard Tilley was a supportive advocate of confederation but he received much opposition to the joining of the provinces. Tilley lacked a unifying purpose to convince the populace of the need for confederation. A plot by the Fenians to attack and capture Canada provided this need. A plot and stash of ammunition within the community created a 'fighting slogan to spur the citizens to realize such a need.'
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Author Bio for Cody, H. A. (Hiram Alfred)
Though he had written short stories in his younger years, Cody's focus on fiction came later in his life. H.A. Cody published 25 books, in addition to several poems and newspaper articles. In 1927 he was appointed Archdeacon of Saint John; he served until his retirement in 1943. While more commonly recognized for his work in the ministry than for his writing, H.A. Cody was one of Canada's most widely read authors. His publications, like those of the bestselling Ralph CONNOR, were amongst the first to be mass-produced in North America due to their accessible prose, Christian themes and appeal to a broad audience.
It was during his time at King's that Cody had his first prose published. "An Episode of the Miramichi Fire," published in the King's College Record (Jan 1895), is a story of survival during the great Miramichi fire of 1825. While a student Cody published other work in the Record, including pieces of literary criticism. Some of his more famous novels include The Frontiersman: A Tale of the Yukon (1910), The Long Patrol: A Tale of the Mounted Police (1912) and The King's Arrow: A Tale of the United Empire Loyalists (1922). Most of Cody's novels adhered to the conventions of the adventure genre. He often included romantic sub-plots in an effort to expand his readership beyond men. His faith played an important part in his novels, which always included a Christian message. While H.A. Cody is not considered a pioneer of Canadian literature, his novels deftly capture the interests and spirit of the age in which he lived and wrote.--thecanadianencyclopedia.ca.
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