Chien d'or/The Golden Dog

Chien d'or/The Golden Dog: A Legend of Quebec

William Kirby
Edited by Mary Jane Edwards
Copyright Date: 2012
Pages: 1152
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    Chien d'or/The Golden Dog
    Book Description:

    William Kirby's Le Chien d'or / The Golden Dog, a dramatic historical romance that vividly details the intertwined French and English foundations of Canada, is one of the nation's best-known pieces of nineteenth-century literature. A complicated publishing history, however, resulted in severe distortions of the text, so that each edition of the novel moved further from the author's original vision. Now, in the final work produced by the Centre for Editing Early Canadian Texts at Carleton University, editor Mary Jane Edwards returns this beloved piece of literary history to its intended form. First published in 1877, Le Chien d'or draws upon the threads of legend spun around the real-life tablet of the Golden Dog, which can still be seen in Quebec City. The novel's author William Kirby begins his tale in the 1740s, with the murder of the prosperous merchant who lived in the house that bore the tablet, and brings his work to a tragic end that coincides with the destruction of France's North American empire. Weaving historical, literary, and religious allusions together with a powerful lyricism, Le Chien d'or develops an epic narrative of the heroic past and promising future of the Dominion of Canada. Though many versions of Le Chien d'or have been published in both French and English, very few people have read what the author intended to see in print. This edition brings Kirby's unfulfilled legacy full circle by presenting a critically reliable version of his iconic Canadian novel.

    eISBN: 978-0-7735-8677-2
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Abbreviations
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Foreword
    (pp. xi-xii)

    The Centre for Editing Early Canadian Texts (CEECT) at Carleton University was established to prepare for publication scholarly editions of major works of early English-Canadian prose that were either out of print or available only in corrupt reprints. Eleven of these editions—Frances Brooke’sThe History of EmilyMontague,James DeMille’sA Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder,Thomas Chandler Haliburton’sThe Clockmaker, Series One, Two, and Three,Julia Catherine Beckwith Hart’sSt. Ursula’s Convent,Rosanna Leprohon’sAntoinette De Mirecourt,Thomas McCulloch’sThe Mephibosheth Stepsure Letters,Susanna Moodie’sRoughing It in the Bush,John Richardson’sThe Canadian BrothersandWacousta,...

  5. Editor’s Preface
    (pp. xiii-xviii)
    Mary Jane Edwards
  6. Editor’s Introduction: The Anatomy of a Novel
    (pp. xix-clxxii)

    In the early twentieth century it was established that Timothée Roussel, a surgeon who emigrated from France to Quebec in the 1660s, had the carving on a wall just outside Pézenas, a town in the Hérault district of Languedoc-Roussillon, replicated and placed on the stone house that he had built on Buade Street in 1688. Roussel, who came fromthe same region in the south of France, had most likely seen this bas-relief before he left for Canada. For most of the nineteenth century, however, the tablet of the Golden Dog—the dog was gilded—was connected to Nicolas Jacquin dit...

  7. Page of Manuscript Copy-text
    (pp. clxxiii-clxxiv)
  8. Title-page of Published Copy-text
    (pp. clxxv-clxxvi)
  9. Le Chien d’or / The Golden Dog: A Legend of Quebec
    (pp. 1-756)

    “‘See Naples and then die!’ That was a proud saying, Count, which we used to hear as we cruised under lateen sails about the glorious bay that reflects from its waters the fires of Vesuvius.

    We believed the boast then Count. But I say now see Quebec and live for ever. Eternity would be too short to weary me of this lovely scene. This bright Canadian morning is worthy of Eden, and the glorious landscape worthy of such a sun rising!—”

    Thus exclaimed a tall fair Swedish gentleman his blue eyes sparkling and every feature glowing with enthusiasm, Herr...

  10. Explanatory Notes
    (pp. 757-886)
  11. Description of Manuscript Copy-text
    (pp. 887-892)
  12. Bibliographical Description of Published Copy-text
    (pp. 893-900)
  13. Published Versions of the Work
    (pp. 901-902)
  14. Unrecoverable Manuscript Readings: Readings from Published Copy-text
    (pp. 903-918)
  15. Emendations in Copy-texts
    (pp. 919-940)
  16. Line-end Hyphenated Compounds in Manuscript Copy-text
    (pp. 941-942)
  17. Historical Collation
    (pp. 943-968)
  18. Appendix Dedication in Published Copy-text
    (pp. 969-969)