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The Gerrard Street Mystery and Other Weird Tales by John Charles Dent
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The Gerrard Street Mystery and Other Weird Tales

by John Charles Dent

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John Charles Dent, the author of the following remarkable stories, was born in Kendal, Westmorland, England, in 1841. His parents emigrated to Canada shortly after that event, bringing with them, of course, the youth who was afterwards to become the Canadian author and historian. Mr. Dent received his primary education in Canadian schools, and afterwards studied law, becoming in due course a member of the Upper Canada Bar. He only practised for a few years, then returned to England to pursue a literary career, writing mostly for periodicals. After remaining in England for several years, Mr. Dent and his family moved to Boston, in America, for about two years. But he finally returned to Canada, accepting a journalistic position in Toronto. Mr. Dent proceeded to write ‘The Canadian Portrait Gallery’, which ran to four large volumes, ‘The Last Forty Years: Canada since the Union of 1841′, and a ‘History of the Rebellion in Upper Canada’.This collected work of his short fiction, contributed by their author at considerable intervals to different periodicals, was published posthumously. The stories themselves are delightfully anchored in the physical geography of Upper Canada (or in the case of ‘Gagtooth’s Image’, Illinois), and have a mystical and spooky air about them.

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5 ratings, 2 reviews
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Michelle McKinney

September 09, 2012

Atmospheric and engaging - I want to read more by this author.

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Roberta Bagshaw

January 31, 2012

A wonderful mystery, beautifully written. It held my interest all the way. I can highly recommend this one. Moira Fogarty was the reader and it was a real pleasure to listen to her lovely clear calm voice.