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Circa: 1922
Publisher: Judson press
Margaret Marshall Saunders, 1922, illustrations by Charles Copeland, Judson press, very good condition, picture on cover and gilt. In 1892 while she was visiting her brother in Meaford, Ontario she heard the story of a dog who was rescued by Walter Moore. This inspired her to write the story of Beautiful Joe, a fictionalized autobiography of a Meaford area dog rescued from a brutal owner who had chopped off his ears and tail. But because women authors were not popular at the time she disguised her sex, thus the name Marshall. Margaret also relocated the story to a small town in Maine to win a literary contest sponsored by the American Humane Education Society. The book was first published in 1893 and quickly became the first Canadian book to sell more then a million copies. By 1900, over 800,000 copies sold in the U.S., 40,000 in Canada and 100,000 in England. And by the 1930's world wide sales were over 7 Million copies. Margaret championed women and animal rights for many years and spoke out on social problems while preaching kindness to animals. In 1934, on Margaret's 73rd birthday, she was awarded the honor of a Commander of the British Empire. She died at home on February 15th, 1947 at the age of 85.

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