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The Clockmaker by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  

The Clockmaker

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The Clockmaker by Thomas Chandler Haliburton

The serial publication of The Clockmaker in 1835-6 launched Canadian judge Thomas Chandler Haliburton to literary fame. A broad satire with a garrulous, deceitful American clock-seller as its central character, the book was embraced by reviewers and readers internationally. Some Canadian reviewers were less enthusiastic, however, with one calling Slick's comically fanciful American slang low, mean, miserable, and witless. Almost two centuries later The Clockmaker is still central to Canadian literary history-and still highly controversial, particularly for its treatment of women and black Canadians.Richard Davies, a world expert on Haliburton, provides a nuanced and illuminating discussion of the controversies surrounding The Clockmaker from 1835 to the present and of the complex historical and political factors that led to its composition and reception. Historical documents include other writings and speeches by Haliburton, earlier satires of Canadian and American culture and contemporary reviews.

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In the 1830s, Thomas Chandler Haliburton gave us the figure of Sam Slick, a wily Yankee clock-pedlar of incomparable vigour and voice. Immediately, Slick leapt off the page, and he continues to do so in this new edition of The Clockmaker, carefully prepared by Richard A. Davies. Davies has done Haliburton a great service by reintroducing his series of sketches to a new audience of readers. One of Canada's earliest and most significant writers, Haliburton once rivalled Dickens in popularity. Today he is known for 'sayings and doings
that are controversial but nonetheless invoke the temper of his times. This accessible edition will return Sam Slick to the reading room and the classroom, where he is guaranteed to spark fierce debate

--the mark of his spirited and enduring character. -- Ruth Panofsky, Ryerson University In the 1830s, Thomas Chandler Haliburton gave us the figure of Sam Slick, a wily Yankee clock-pedlar of incomparable vigour and voice. Immediately, Slick leapt off the page, and he continues to do so in this new edition of The Clockmaker, carefully prepared by Richard A. Davies. Davies has done Haliburton a great service by reintroducing his series of sketches to a new audience of readers. One of Canada's earliest and most significant writers, Haliburton once rivalled Dickens in popularity. Today he is known for 'sayings and doings
that are controversial but nonetheless invoke the temper of his times. This accessible edition will return Sam Slick to the reading room and the classroom, where he is guaranteed to spark fierce debate

--the mark of his spirited and enduring character. -- Ruth Panofsky, Ryerson University In the 1830s, Thomas Chandler Haliburton gave us the figure of Sam Slick, a wily Yankee clock-pedlar of incomparable vigour and voice. Immediately, Slick leapt off the page, and he continues to do so in this new edition of The Clockmaker, carefully prepared by Richard A. Davies. Davies has done Haliburton a great service by reintroducing his series of sketches to a new audience of readers. One of Canada's earliest and most significant writers, Haliburton once rivalled Dickens in popularity. Today he is known for `sayings and doings
that are controversial but nonetheless invoke the temper of his times. This accessible edition will return Sam Slick to the reading room and the classroom, where he is guaranteed to spark fierce debate

-the mark of his spirited and enduring character. - Ruth Panofsky, Ryerson University Comments:

In the 1830s, Thomas Chandler Haliburton gave us the figure of Sam Slick, a wily Yankee clock-pedlar of incomparable vigour and voice. Immediately, Slick leapt off the page, and he continues to do so in this new edition of The Clockmaker, carefully prepared by Richard A. Davies. Davies has done Haliburton a great service by reintroducing his series of sketches to a new audience of readers. One of Canada's earliest and most significant writers, Haliburton once rivalled Dickens in popularity. Today he is known for `sayings and doings
that are controversial but nonetheless invoke the temper of his times. This accessible edition will return Sam Slick to the reading room and the classroom, where he is guaranteed to spark fierce debate

-the mark of his spirited and enduring character. - Ruth Panofsky, Ryerson University


About the Author

Thomas Chandler Haliburton 91796-1865) WAS A Nova Scotian judge, politician and novelist, best known for his Clockmaker series of comic serials.Richard A. Davies is Professor Emeritus of English and Theatre at Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

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Publication date

21st March 2014

Author

Thomas Chandler Haliburton

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Publisher

Broadview Press Ltd

Format

Paperback
300 pages

Categories

Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

ISBN

9781554811212

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