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Silent Ancestors : The Forebears of E.J. Pratt.. First Edition in dustjacket, signed, PRATT, E.J.).  PRATT, Mildred Claire PRATT, Mildred Claire PRATT, Claire
Author Name:    PRATT, E.J.). PRATT, Mildred Claire PRATT, Mildred Claire PRATT, Claire

Title:   Silent Ancestors : The Forebears of E.J. Pratt.. First Edition in dustjacket, signed

Publisher:    McClelland and Stewart Limited, Toronto and Montreal , 1971, 

Seller ID:   42498

(PRATT, E.J.). PRATT, Mildred Claire. The Silent Ancestors : The Forebears of E.J. Pratt. Toronto and Montreal : McClelland and Stewart Limited, (1971). First Edition. Pp (4),v-vi,(2),9-239,(9). Pagination includes 4 leaves of plates. Maps. 8vo, green cloth. Laakso C5, O'Dea 4865, Spadoni & Donnelly2293. "The Silent Ancestors is a moving tribute both to the unremembered g reatness of an obscure Yorkshire family, born to the poverty of the mines, and to its most illustrious descendant, E. J. Pratt, who spoke out of the silence and obscurity of that family in some of the most unforgettable poetry Canada has ever produced. This is a family whose origins, lost in time, centre in the harsh encient beauty of the moors of Swaledale- the 'romantic dale'. From this land the Pratts took their qualities of stubborn endurance, working in lead mines which had been open since the days of the Romans, and a stern independence of spirit reflected in their embrace of the uncompromising Methodism preched by John Wesley. Claire Pratt has succeeded in evoking these qualities, through prose of extraordinary grace and suggestiveness, and in showing the extent to which they helped form our own national character when the Pratts, and thousands of families like them from the moorsof Yorkshire, immigrated to Canada. The book ends with an intimate look at her father, E.J. Pratt, an examination of his life and poetry which reveal s a profound and hitherto unexplored dimension to both. E.J. Pratt is seen as a man closely linked to his Yorkshire heritage, characterized, in fact, by the paradoxes of that heritage - a man full of gentleness and the love of a good fight, intensely private, cautious, yet sustained by the courage of a mystic searching for that world where all things are possible. A photo section, the family genealgy and selected maps are included." - from the dj. Chapters: 1. The Singing Land; 2. Seeds in the Mist; 3. From Grinton to Gunnerside; 4. Until the Harvest; 5. The Darkening Hills; 6. Not Thrones andCrowns; 7. The Tea Fortune; 8. A Parcel of Wild People; 9. By These Fruits ; 10. The Poetry of EJ. Pratt. Notes. Pratt Genealogies (pp.196-239 + 4 p. of tables). Very good in dustjacket. Signed by Mildred Claire Pratt on title page. 50.00


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