Wacousta : a tale of the Pontiac conspiracy (Complete)
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Wacousta : a tale of the Pontiac conspiracy (Complete)

By Major (John) Richardson
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Wacousta is a novel by John Richardson. Published in 1832, it is sometimes claimed as the first Canadian novel, although in fact it is preceded by Julia Catherine Beckwith's St Ursula's Convent; or, The Nun of Canada (Kingston, 1824). Wacousta is better categorized as the first attempt by a Canadian-born author at historical fiction.
However, it is one of the first novels written by a Canadian-born author about Canada, and, in spite of its overwrought sentimentalism, it has been treated as a seminal work in the development of a Canadian literary sensibility.
Its themes include prophecy and opposites, such as manliness vs. effeminacy, wilderness/wildness vs. civilization, sensibility vs. compassion and the natural vs. the supernatural among others.
In the period of publication, Wacousta was quite popular not only in Canada, but also in the United States. A contemporary novel it competed with was James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans. Where they differ is that Cooper's novel focuses on the efforts of the individual within the whole, but Richardson's novel concerns itself with broader cross-cultural motivations.
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Table of Contents
  • WACOUSTA;
    • or,
    • THE PROPHECY.
    • Complete
      • by
    • John Richardson
      • Preface
      • CHAPTER I
      • INTRODUCTORY
      • CHAPTER II.
      • CHAPTER III.
      • CHAPTER IV.
      • CHAPTER V.
      • CHAPTER VI.
      • CHAPTER VII.
      • CHAPTER VIII.
      • CHAPTER IX.
      • CHAPTER X.
  • WACOUSTA;
    • or
      • THE PROPHECY.
    • Volume Two of Three
      • by
    • John Richardson
      • CHAPTER I.
      • CHAPTER II.
      • CHAPTER III.
      • CHAPTER IV.
      • CHAPTER V.
      • CHAPTER VI.
      • CHAPTER VII.
      • CHAPTER VIII.
      • CHAPTER IX.
      • CHAPTER X.
      • CHAPTER XI.
      • CHAPTER XII.
  • WACOUSTA;
    • or
      • THE PROPHECY.
    • Volume Three of Three
      • by
    • John Richardson
      • CHAPTER I.
      • CHAPTER II.
      • CHAPTER III.
      • CHAPTER IV.
      • CHAPTER V.
      • CHAPTER VI.
      • CHAPTER VII.
      • CHAPTER VIII.
      • CHAPTER IX.
      • CHAPTER X.
      • CHAPTER XI.
      • CHAPTER XII.
      • CHAPTER XIII.
      • CHAPTER XIV.
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