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Author Bio for Oxley, James Macdonald
Born into a relatively wealthy Halifax family, Oxley was educated at Halifax Academy, Dalhousie University, and Harvard. He was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1878 and practised law in Halifax for five years before becoming a legal adviser to the federal Department of Marine and Fisheries. In 1891 he moved to Montreal to join the staff of the Sun Life Assurance Company. He spent the final years of his life in Toronto.
Oxley wrote thirty-one books for boys, published between 1889 and 1905—unabashed adventure tales exploiting the northern and seafaring settings already made popular by G. A. Henty, R. M. Ballantyne, and Frederick Marryat. In general, as many of their titles indicate, his stories turn on themes of initiation and the experience of a personable boy-hero whose physical courage is tested in an exotic setting. He usually set them in a remote historical period, though he occasionally used his native Nova Scotia as a backdrop. Among his titles are: Bert Lloyd's boyhood (London, 1889); Up among the ice floes (London, 1890); The wreckers of Sable Island (London, 1891); Archie of Athabaska (Boston, 1893), published in London, 1894, as Archie Mackenzie, the young Nor'wester; The good ship Gryphon; or On the right track (Boston, 1893); Fife and drum at Louisbourg (London, 1899); and L'Hasa at last (1900).
—From The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.) 2006
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