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Mazo de la Roche (1879-1961)

Mazo de la Roche

Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2009

Mazo de la Roche Mazo de la Roche

Photo Source - Wikimedia Commons

Plaque Location

The Region of Peel
The City of Mississauga
1507 Clarkson Road North
south of the QEW, north of Truscott Drive

Coordinates: N 43 31.629 W 79 38.223


Plaque Text

Born in Newmarket, Ontario, Mazo de la Roche was a prolific writer whose works include novels, short stories, plays, and autobiography. Her novel Jalna, first in a series of sixteen, won the prestigious Atlantic Monthly prize in 1927, propelling her to international fame. Thought to be inspired in part by the leafy settings of Clarkson and Benares, the Jalna novels chronicle the lives of the Whiteoaks at their family estate. The series was translated into many languages and adapted for stage, screen, and television, making Mazo de la Roche one of the most widely read and popular Canadian authors of her time.

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> Posted January 20, 2011
Staff at Benares Historic House in Mississauga say the phonetic pronunciation of the author's name is MAY-zo de la ROASH. And that Benares is pronounced b'NAIR-ees, similar to 'canaries'. The nearby 1850s-era house is open to the public, and its visitor centre is visible in the above photo. Benares was the first historic property owned by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, which restored it and gave it to the City of Mississauga. -Wayne

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