|Publisher:||The Musson Book Company Ltd.|
|Tags:||Canada, Canadiana, farm, fiction, humour, novel, philosophy|
Peter McArthur’s “Friendly Acres” is a book filled with homely rural humor together with a sound philosophy of life. It is a series of short sketches, each one containing a wealth of incident, description, and practical advice, written by a man who possessed an intimate knowledge of farming. Here you will find laughter at the stubbornness of a runaway pig or advice about feeding cattle charmingly intermixed with appreciations of the wholesome beauty of the world out of doors. The key note of his philosophy lies in the phrase, “the wide sanity of nature which covers everything,” and many of us at present would do well to heed his contention, that “a man who is in harmony with life need not trouble his head about reconstruction, or deflation, or exchange, or any of the other things about which men perplex them selves.”—The Chilliwack Progress, March 3, 1932 [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for McArthur, Peter
Peter McArthur, writer (b at Ekfrid Township, Ont 10 Mar 1866; d at Toronto 28 Oct 1924). A prolific and popular writer whose body of work includes a critical appreciation of Stephen LEACOCK (1923), short fiction and occasional poetry, McArthur is best remembered for his humourous casual ESSAYS. Although he published his first book, To Be Taken With Salt: Being An Essay on Teaching One's Grandmother to Suck Eggs, in 1903, his reputation was established primarily through his twice-weekly contributions to the Toronto GLOBE (from 1909 to 1924) and his less regular appearances in the Farmer's Advocate (1910 to 1922), His most popular books--In Pastures Green (1915), The Red Cow and her Friends (1919) and Around Home (1925)--are compilations of these columns.--thecanadianencyclopedia.ca.
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