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Beautiful Joe by Margaret Marshall Saunders


Beautiful Joe by Margaret Marshall Saunders

One of the first animal viewpoint novels published in the United States, Margaret Marshall Saunders's Beautiful Joe (1894) tells the story of an abused dog and his rescue by a humane family. A catalogue of animal rights and wrongs, the novel fuelled humane sentiments worldwide.This annotated, illustrated edition draws on archival collections to trace the novel's impact on the nineteenth-century animal protection movement. The introduction also highlights some of the key social issues surrounding the substantive revisions and omissions in ensuing editions of the text.The historical appendices place the now-obscure novel in its rich milieu as an international bestseller that taught a generation of children to practice kindness towards animals.


oMarshall Saunders begins the Introduction to Beautiful Joe : aeTHE wonderfully successful book, entitled oBlack Beauty,o came like a living voice out of the animal kingdom.AE Keridiana ChezAEs superb edition of SaundersAEs great novel has recalled another vibrant animal voice: the dog Beautiful JoeAEs in his aeAutobiography.AE Chez not only restores the original 1894 editionumore politically contentious than its many sanitized twentieth-century successorsubut she also provides a splendidly thorough introduction and evocative cultural contexts, from the temperance and anti-vivisectionist movements to the childhood humane education groups known as the Bands of Mercy. Now at last there is a definitive edition of Beautiful Joe . I anticipate teaching it with great pleasure in my autumn aeVictorian Animal DreamsAE course, right alongside Black Beauty , where the aeliving voiceAE of the mutilated, loving dog and the ill-used, faithful horse will indeed be beautiful.o --Deborah Denenholz Morse, co-editor of Victorian Animal Dreams oAt long last, the novel that haunts the history of humane education is back in print, and in a scholarly edition that restores the cringe-worthy details that indicate how a story of animal torture became CanadaAEs first bestseller. With well-organized appendixes of carefully selected, contemporaneous ephemera, this edition is guaranteed to spark lively discussions among scholars and students alike. Situating Margaret Marshall SaundersAEs fiction amid debates about animal protection, petkeeping, vivisection, prohibition, and publication, ChezAEs comprehensive introduction further helps to set new terms of debate by making the case for the relevance of the novelAEs aedemand[ ... for ...] strong ethical response u and actionAE u to contemporary animal studies scholarship.o --Susan McHugh, University of New England

About the Author

Margaret Marshall Saunders (1861 - 1947) was a Canadian writer and social activist.Keridiana Chez is Assistant Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, USA.

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Publication date

30th March 2015


Margaret Marshall Saunders

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Broadview Press Ltd


328 pages


Classic fiction (pre c 1945)



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