Why rewrite Wacousta?
First published in 1832, Wacousta is a classic tale of the "Indian Wars" of 1763 and the attacks on Fort Detroit and Fort Michilimackinac. The novel is marvellously plotted and authentically detailed but the original prose bewilders modern readers.
This new version is not only a great read but a balanced account of the Pontiac uprising. The heroes are both white and aboriginal.
"Judged against Walter Scott's historical romances or James Fenimore Cooper's frontier romances, Wacousta is wondrously complex and enigmatic."
Reader's Guide to the Canadian Novel
"I struggled through the original Wacousta for a university class. This version is a breath of fresh air."
Heather Butt, Heritage Services Representative, Windsor, Ontario
"A good novel that deserves a modern audience."
Bob Garcia, Fort Henry Project Historian, Parks Canada
Heather Kirk is a writer and teacher living in Barrie, Ontario, and teaching at Georgian College. Born in London, Ontario and raised in Oakville, Heather attended Dalhousie University, the University of Toronto, and York University. She has published many articles on Canadian writers, including Mazo de la Roche, Grey Owl, Emily Carr, and Stephen Leacock. Her other books include a biography of Mazo de la Roche and two young adult novels - A Drop of Rain and Warsaw Spring .
John Richardson was the first Canadian-born novelist - a Métis whose grandmother was an Ottawa. Richardson served in the British army and was a great admirer of Tecumseh, whom he met during the War of 1812.
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