|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 (1866-1924) was a Canadian writer. Born in farming country in Middlesex County, Ontario, early in his life he started on a writing career, joining the Toronto Mail as a reporter in 1890. He found he had a knack for writing humour and submitted jokes and satirical essays to periodicals of the time. In 1902 he went to England where he wrote for Punch. After a failed business venture in New York, he returned to his farm home but still submitted articles and essays to magazines. In 1903 he published an essay called To Be Taken With Salt: On Teaching One's Grandmother to Suck Eggs, a satire on Canadian-British relations. Future books and essays began to feature stories of farm life - he was an advocate of 'back-to-the-land' agrarianism. In the 1920s he stopped writing after he joined a rural trust company as an executive. He lived out the rest of his life selling insurance to farmers. (Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature)
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