REGIONAL— Two classics of North Country nature writing have been republished in paperback by the University of Minnesota Press. When Canoe Country and Snowshoe Country were first published in …
REGIONAL— Two classics of North Country nature writing have been republished in paperback by the University of Minnesota Press. When Canoe Country and Snowshoe Country were first published in 1938 and 1944 respectively, Florence Page Jaques and her husband Francis Lee Jaques, charmed readers with her accounts of adventure and travel in the Quetico-Superior and his iconic illustrations, which came to symbolize the North Country for many.
Their writings and their eventual advocacy for protection of the canoe country played a major role in the early efforts to preserve the region for future generations.
Florence Page was a well-traveled New York sophisticate when she visited the canoe country and fell in love. In her books, she writes firsthand accounts of her adventures, including traveling by foot, canoe, snowshoe, and dog sled. Her stories are accompanied by her husband’s drawings, which captured the beauty and the power of the seasons in the wilderness, from cascading falls to lakes capped by thick ice and deep snow.
Florence Page Jaques, born in 1890, collaborated with her husband on eight books during the course of her career as a nature writer and poet. Francis Lee Jaques was born in Aitkin in 1887 and became world-renowned for his art, which includes major collections housed in the Museum of Natural History in New York and the Bell Museum at the University of Minnesota.
The books, available this month, are available for $14.95 at www.upress.umn.edu.
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