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 Susanna Moodie

Susanna Moodie

Birth
Bungay, Waveney District, Suffolk, England
Death 8 Apr 1885 (aged 81)
Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Burial Belleville, Hastings County, Ontario, Canada
Memorial ID 10459 · View Source
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Author. She was the youngest of six daughters born to Thomas and Elizabeth Homer Strickland. The sisters were drawn to theatre, poetry, and history and following their fathers death in 1818 they began to earn needed income by writing natural history, moral and historical tales for children, and sketches, stories and poems for periodicals and annuals. The eldest sisters, Elizabeth and Agnes, achieved fame and social prominence in England as co-authors of Lives of the Queens of England (1840-1848) and other biographies of the British aristocracy. Susanna wrote her first children's book in 1822 while in London. In 1831, she married a retired officer from the Napoleonic Wars named John Wedderburn Dunbar Moodie. With her husband and daughter, she immigrated to Canada in 1832 and settled near her brother, Samuel, on a farm in Douro Township, near Peterborough, Upper Canada. In Canada, she continued her writing and her best known work was Roughing It in the Bush, a narrative of her immigration to the Canadian wilderness that has become a Canadian classic. Following the success of Roughing It in the Bush, she wrote two sequels, Flora Lyndsay; or Passages in an Eventful Life (1853) and Life in the Clearings Versus the Bush (1853). The first was an autobiographical account of the young couple's preparation for leaving England and their voyage to Canada. The second book depicts life in the towns of Canada in the mid-nineteenth century and travel in the wilderness of the Canadian frontier. After this flurry of creative activity ended in 1855 she did very little writing. When she experienced financial problems in 1860, she submitted some work to her publisher and had one book published. She also had some occasional pieces published in Canadian periodicals and her final novel, George Leatrim; or the Mother's Test was published in Edinburgh in 1875. She was thoroughly devastated by the death of her husband in 1869 and she moved from her home to live with her married children in Toronto.

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  • Added: 9 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10459
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Susanna Moodie (6 Dec 1803–8 Apr 1885), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10459, citing Belleville Cemetery, Belleville, Hastings County, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Find A Grave .