CATHARINE PARR TRAILL
BACKWOODS OF CANADA
BEING LETTERS FROM THE WIFE OF AN EMIGRANT OFFICER, ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE DOMESTIC ECONOMY OF BRITISH AMERICA
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Catharine Parr Traill, born Strickland (9 January 1802 – 29 August 1899) was an English-Canadian author and naturalist who wrote about life as a settler in Canada.
She was born Catharine Parr Strickland in Rotherhithe in 1802, sister to authors Agnes Strickland, Susanna Moodie, and Elisabeth Strickland, Traill. She was the first of the sisters to commence writing. She began writing children's books in 1818, after the death of her father. Her early work, such as Disobedience, or Mind What Mama Says (1819), and "Happy Because Good", were written for children, and often dwell on the benefits of obedience to one's parents. A prolific author, until her marriage she averaged one book per year. In 1832, she married Lieutenant Thomas Traill, a retired officer of the Napoleonic Wars and a friend of her sister's husband, John Moodie, despite objections from her family (aside from Susanna). Soon after their marriage they left for Upper Canada, settling near Peterborough, where her brother Samuel was a surveyor. Her sister, Mrs. Susanna Moodie, emigrated soon afterward. [more]