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The Smoking Flax

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Title:The Smoking Flax
Stead, Robert James Campbell   
(4 of 5 for author by title)
Songs of the Prairie
Published:   1924
Publisher:McClelland & Stewart
Tags:Canada, Canadiana, farming, fiction, western

'The Smoking Flax' is a simple tale, chronicling the quest of a young sociologist into the Canadian prairies for health, wherein he also finds romance and adventure. There are all of the makings of melodrama... But the picture of farm life is sincere and true, the characters, most of the time, are people, and an occasional bit of description rises soaringly.

—Saturday Review of Literature, 10 January 1925 [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Stead, Robert James Campbell

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Robert J.C. (James Campbell) Stead (1880-1959) was a Canadian writer of poetry and novels. Born in Middleville, Ontario, his family went west to homestead in Manitoba. As a young adult he started his own weekly newspaper and then went on to work on a number of other small publications. He eventually moved to Ottawa where he joined the civil service. He wrote five volumes of poetry, mostly patriotic verse of simplistic style. His novels were more interesting in that he began with popular romances and then progressed towards realistic depictions of prairie life and attitudes. His best novel, "Grain", depicts a farmer growing up in the culturally impoverished environment of a prairie farm. It also depicts to an almost dreary extent a realistic portrayal of life on the prairie, a measure of realism concurrent with other prairie novelists such as Frederick Philip Grove and Martha Ostenso. (Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature)

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