Book Reviews -- Mason Wade, Acadia and Quebec: The Perception of an Outsider Edited by N. E. S. Griffiths and G. A. Rawlyk

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Mason Wade, Acadia and Quebec: The Perception of an Outsider. N.E.S. Griffiths and G.A. Rawlyk, editors. Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 1991. ix + 198 pp. preface. bibliographic notes. $19.95, paper. $29.95, cloth.

This book is somewhat of a buffet offering the works and role of Mason Wade in bringing to the attention of Americans "the unknown North Americans." The piece de resistance of the buffet is the argument that Wade was a writer of passion, heart and risk taking.

The book is divided into three somewhat unequal parts. The first part gives a brief biography of Mason Wade. The part also includes a bibliographic study of historians who have written about Quebec or French Canada. The major writers covered are the two Americans Francis Parkman and Mason Wade, Anglophones such as A.L. Burt, A.R.M. Lower, Hilda Neatby, O.D. Skelton, G.F.G. Stanley and George M. Wrong and such Francophones as Richard Ares, Michel Brunet, Francois-Xavier Garneau, Lionel-Adolphe Groulx and Fernand Ouellet.

The second largest section of the book deals with the second love of Mason Wade--the French in Acadia and the region in general. …