The Golden Dog

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William Kirby, The Chien d'Or / The Golden Dog, Frontpage of the first edition, 1877.

The Golden Dog (Le Chien d'Or) was a novel by William Kirby (1817-1906) that was written between April 1869 and 1872, with further revisions being up through 1876. After being rejected by several publishers, the work was finally arranged to be published in 1877 by Lovell, Adam, Wesson and Company.[1] However, because the publisher neglected to register the novel, the author lost any royalties to this work. He received a sum total of $100–200 for the publication.[2]

This novel is based upon three works by James MacPherson Le Moine: The Golden Dog, Château Bigot and La Corriveau. It draws upon the historical background of the city of Quebec for its characters, and tells its story through two intertwining plotlines. The first is of the lady Angélique de Méloizes, Madame de Péan, while the second is of Coronel Pierre Philibert, the son of a prosperous merchant.[3]

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  1. ^ Eggert, Paul (1998), The editorial gaze: mediating texts in literature and the arts, Garland reference library of the humanities 2026, Taylor & Francis, pp. 129–132, ISBN 0-8153-2575-4 
  2. ^ Murphy, Seamus, "William Kirby and Copyright: The Publication History of The Golden Dog", Historical Perspectives on Canadian Publishing (Canadian Heritage), retrieved 2011-09-02 
  3. ^ Caron, Jean-François, "The Golden Dog", Encyclopedia of French Cultural Heritage in North America, retrieved 2011-09-02 

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