Anna Brownell Jameson
- I am once again revisiting her Winter Studies and Summer Rambles
(fourth time around), and am once again struck not only with her literary
flights of fancy and cultural arrogance, but also with the enigma of her
character; here is a woman, married to the Attorney General of Upper Canada
(the work is written in 1836-1837), who is passionately Canadian before
Canada as an entity was born, who felt the immediacy of the recent War of
1812, and who was a friend of, and champion for, native Canadians. Indeed,
she goes so far as to compare Pontiac and Tecumseh with Greek military
heroes of history and legend, even so far as to draw parallels between
Alexander the Great and Pontiac.
In her wanderings she visits and speaks with Colonel Talbot,
Fitzgibbon and others.
If you haven't read her work you should. If you have, go back
and revisit it. The book is well worth the time you will spend with her
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