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Archie of Athabasca

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Title:Archie of Athabasca
Oxley, James Macdonald   
(1 of 9 for author by title)
The Boy Tramps, or Across Canada
Published:   1893
Publisher:D. Lothrop Company
Tags:adventure, fiction

An exemplar of Canadian wilderness masculinity was Archie McKenzie, the boy hero of J. MacDonald Oxley's adventure tale, Archie of Athabaska. Archie was the son of a Hudson Bay factor and his wife Virginie Latour, the daughter of a French-Canadian voyageur and a Cree woman. Archie grew up on the shore of Lake Athabasca at the fur-trading fort of which his father was chief. There he absorbed a wilderness ideal of manhood. Thus, at age fifteen, he felt himself to be almost a man and his definition of masculinity was a catalog of wilderness abilities. [Suggest a different description.]

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James MacDonald Oxley (1855-1907) was a Canadian author of juvenile fiction. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he attended Dalhousie University and Harvard. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1878. He ended up working for the Sun Life Assurance Company and spent the remainder of his life working for them in Toronto. He started writing in 1889 and wrote 31 books for boys - adventure tales centered around the theme of a boy whose courage is tested in the wilderness. Many of his books have remote settings but some of them featured his native Nova Scotia such as "The Wreckers of Sable Island" and "In Paths of Peril" both of which are available on Faded Page. (Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature)

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