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Settlers of the Marsh Penguin Black Classics Edition

by Frederick Philip Grove, foreword by Greg Hollingshead

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Settlers of the Marsh was first published in 1925 to widespread charges of obscenity.

It is the story of Niels Lindstedt, a virginal Swedish immigrant and homesteader on the Canadian prairies, who as he works dreams of domestic happiness married to his neighbour’s daughter, Ellen Amundsen. Shattered by Ellen’s refusal of his marriage proposal, Niels is seduced by a local widow, Clara Vogel. The consequences are devastating for all three.

Settlers of the Marsh is a philosophical drama set on the land. It deals with themes of marital isolation, betrayal, and tragic breakdown.

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Frederick Philip Grove was a Canadian author and translator best known for his fictional works exploring the Canadian west. Born in Germany as Felix Paul Greve, Grove emigrated to Canada as an adult following his imprisonment for fraud in 1903 and a self-imposed exile from Germany from 1904-1906. Settling in Manitoba, Grove formally changed his name and undertook a series of teaching positions in rural areas before devoting himself to writing full time starting in the early 1920s. Among Grove’s most memorable works are Fruits of the Earth, Settlers of the Marsh, and A Search for America. Grove died in Ontario in 1948 after suffering a stroke in 1946.

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Greg Hollingshead has published six books of fiction, including The Roaring GirlThe Healer, and Bedlam. He has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Currently professor emeritus at the University of Alberta and director of the Writing Studio at the Banff Centre, in 2011–2012 he served as Chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada, and in 2012 he was awarded the Order of Canada. He lives in Toronto with his wife Rosa Spricer.

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