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The Seats of the Mighty

Gilbert Parker; afterword by Andrea Cabajsky

Early Canadian Literature Series


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$24.99 Paper, 150 pp.

ISBN13: 978-1-77112-044-9

Release Date: Forthcoming July 2014



From the pen of Gilbert Parker comes one of the most popular Canadian novels of the late nineteenth century. First published simultaneously in Canada and the United States in 1896, The Seats of the Mighty is set in Quebec City in 1759, against the backdrop of the conflict between the English and the French over the future of New France. Written and published after Parker’s move to England, the novel attempts to romanticize French Canada without alienating his English and American readership. The novel’s enduring popularity led to a stage version in 1897 and a silent film in 1914.

Gilbert Parker (1862–1932) was born in Camden East, Canada West (Ontario). After his move to England in 1890, he began the two careers for which he is best known today: the British director of American propaganda during the Great War and the author of thirty popular novels, most of them historical romances, including The Seats of the Mighty (1896).

Andrea Cabajsky is an associate professor of comparative literature and English at the Université de Moncton in New Brunswick. She is the editor of the Broadview edition of Rosanna Mullins Leprohon’s The Manor House of de Villerai (forthcoming) and the co-editor, with Brett Josef Grubisic, of National Plots: Historical Fiction and Changing Ideas of Canada (WLU Press, 2010). Her recent publications have appeared in Canadian Literature, Novel: A Forum on Fiction, and the Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel.

The Seats of the Mighty

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