Frances Brooke: The History of Emily Montague

(548 words)
  • Laura Moss (University of British Columbia)

Brooke was a celebrated essayist, dramatist, novelist, and translator when in 1763 she joined her husband, John Brooke the chaplain to Quebec, in Canada. For the five years she lived in Quebec, part of which was spent in a stone house overlooking the St. Lawrence River much like the home of Arabella and Colonel Fermor in this novel, Brooke enjoyed the company of the governor and a dynamic social scene. She also spent her time writing The History of Emily Montague an epistolary novel set in Quebec City in the years just after French Canada had been added to Britain's growing New World empire. This was a setting ripe for a novel of colonialism and romance.

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Moss, Laura. "The History of Emily Montague". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2001
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