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Carmen's Messenger

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Title:Carmen's Messenger
Bindloss, Harold   
(6 of 28 for author by title)
The Cattle-Baron's Daughter
The Bush-Rancher [AKA The Keystone Block]
Published:   1917
Publisher:Grosset & Dunlap Publishers

Mr. Bindloss writes for a large circle of readers. His constant preference for Canada remains, and the potential action of this story is in the lumberland of the great northern Dominion. In addition to two love affairs which evolve and develop, there is a fine study of the influence of environment on characters widely divergent in their qualities. Featherstone and Foster were young Englishmen who had gone to Canada, for different reasons. One thing they had in common, they went there to make a fresh start in life. Featherstone had stumbled into a criminal affair, robbing his employer. He had disgraced his family, who were landed gentry in the north of England. Foster was of poor parentage and had worked hard in England for little pay, and went to Canada, where labour gets a better reward. When this story begins these two young men had a sawmill at Gardner's Crossing and were prosperous. The new environment had called out all that was best in both men...

—Western Mail, July 27, 1917. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Bindloss, Harold

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Harold Edward Bindloss (1866 - December 30, 1945) was an English novelist who wrote many adventure novels set in western Canada.

Bindloss was born in Liverpool in 1866. According to his New York Times obituary:

Mr Bindloss was more than 30 years old before he began writing. Previously he had roamed the world, farming in Canada and working in southern climes as a cargo heaver, a planter, and at other jobs.

Broken by malaria he returned to England forty-five years ago and took up office work. But he lost his job when his health broke down and turned to writing in which he found his true vocation. He published some forty novels between the years 1902 and 1943. Many of his books had their locale in Canada.

He returned to London. In 1898, he published his first book, a non-fiction account based on his travels in Africa, called In the Niger Country. This was followed by dozens of novels.

He was a popular writer. One reviewer writes:

A new book by Harold Bindloss is always welcome. He tells a story well indeed, but one likes his books best perhaps for the environment which he knows so well how to sketch. He has written charming stories of the Canadian Northwest and one remembers with pleasure his novels “Prescott of Saskatchewan” and “Winston of the Prairie”.

The town of Bindloss, in the Canadian province of Alberta, was named after him.--Wikipedia.

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