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New Brunswick Was His Country

The Life of William Francis Ganong

by Ronald Rees

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list price: $74.85
also available: Paperback
category: History
published: 2017
publisher: Nimbus Publishing

Regularly described as New Brunswick’s greatest scholar, William Francis Ganong (1864–1941) wrote more than many people have ever read. His range of interests is reflected in his vast body of work: botany, zoology, physiography, cartography, and native languages were all within his reach. But his greatest interest, subsuming all others, was New Brunswick.

Ganong endeavoured to write even his most scholarly papers for the general reader, and that is what historian Ronald Rees had done with New Brunswick Was His Country. An appreciation of Ganong’s work and a biography of the man behind it, rather than an exhaustive critical assessment, this fascinating overview will appeal to any reader interested in the natural and settlement history of New Brunswick and the working life of its most extraordinary scholar, from his summers conducting field research in Passamaquoddy Bay to his pivotal role in founding the New Brunswick Museum.

Richly illustrated with historical photographs, Ganong’s own maps and drawings, and contemporary images, New Brunswick Was His Country is an essential addition to Atlantic Canada’s historical canon.

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Ronald Rees

Ronald Rees is the author of numerous books on Canadian history, including New Brunswick: An Illustrated History and New Brunswick Was His Country: The Life of William Francis Ganong. He has taught at the University of Saskatchewan and Mount Allison University.
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