|History of Toronto and County of York, Ontario Volume 2 of 2
|C. Blackett Robinson
|Canada, Canadiana, history, non-fiction, Ontario, Toronto
These two volumes give:
a potted history of Toronto and surrounding area, especially pre-Confederation
a description of the business and services available in the region
a description of the churches and schools, and agricultural production, in the region
a brief biography of each of the notables, and not so notables
a gruesome recounting of the murder case involving Grace Marks, recently the subject of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace
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Author Bio for Mulvany, Charles Pelham
Charles Pelham Mulvany (1835-1885) was a Canadian writer and historian. Born in Dublin, he emigrated to Canada in 1859. He spent some time in the militia and also tried his hand at religion having been ordained in 1868. His religious experience was undistinguished and he left the profession in 1878 to take up a career as a writer. He lived in Toronto and soon began to become a prolific writer providing articles for newspapers and magazines. He found he had a penchant for history and published books on local history about the Counties of Brant and Peterborough. He also collaborated on a two volume work on the history of Toronto and York. (Dictionary of Canadian Biography)
Author Bio for Adam, Graeme Mercer
Graeme Mercer Adam (1839-1912) was a Scottish born Canadian editor and publisher. Born in Loanhead, Scotland, he came to Canada in 1858 to work for the Canadian publishing house Cunningham Geikie. Two years later he assumed control of the company which eventually became Adam, Stevenson and Company. The company published several magazines including the British American Magazine, The Canada Bookseller and The Canadian Monthly and National Review. He left Canada in 1892 apparently frustrated by the state of literary life in Canada but also attracted to the more lucrative industry in New York which was where he died in 1912. Not well known as an author, he helped nurture Canadian literature in the latter part of the 19th century through his role as editor and publisher. (The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature)
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