Mazo de la Roche was one of Canada's most popular and prolific authors. Although she published about thirty-five books during her lifetime, she was best known as the author of the famous Jalna series: sixteen novels about four generations of the family of upper-class Englishman Captain Philip Whiteoak and his aristocratic Irish wife, Adeline Court. The Whiteoak family lives between 1854 and 1954 on a rural estate in Ontario, Canada. The first novel in the series, Jalna (1927), won an international novel competition and became a best seller. The sequels also sold extraordinarily well. The Jalna books inspired a Hollywood film, Jalna, screened in 1935. They also formed the basis of a play, Whiteoaks (1936), the f…
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Kirk, Heather Pearson. "Mazo De La Roche". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 June 2006
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