See also:British novelist and politician, was
See also:born at
See also:Camden East, Addington, Ontario, on the 23rd of
See also:November 1862, the son of Captain J .
See also:Parker, R.A . He was educated at
See also:Ottawa and at Trinity University,
See also:Toronto . In 1886 he went to
See also:Australia, and became for a while associate-editor of the
See also:Herald . He also travelled extensively in the Pacific, and subsequently in
See also:Canada; and in the early 'nineties he began to make a growing reputation in
See also:London as a writer of romantic fiction . The best of his novels are those in which he first took for his subject the
See also:history and
See also:life of the French Canadians; and his permanent
See also:literary reputation rests on the
See also:fine quality, descriptive and dramatic, of his
See also:Canadian stories .
See also:Pierre and his
See also:People (1892) was followed by Mrs Falchion (1893), The Trail of the Sword (1894), When Valmond came to Pontiac (1895), An Adventurer of the
See also:North (1895), and The Seats of the Mighty (1896, dramatized in 1897) . The Lane that had no Turning (1goe>) contains some of his best
See also:work . In The
See also:Battle of the Strong (1898) he broke new ground, laying his scene in the Channel Islands . His chief later books were The Right of Way (
See also:Pasha (1902), The
See also:Ladder of Swords (1904), The Weavers (1907) and Northern
See also:Lights (1909) . In 1895 he married
See also:Van Tine of New
See also:York, a wealthy heiress . His Canadian connexion and his experience in Australia and elsewhere.had made him a strong Imperialist in politics, and from that
See also:time he began to devote himself in large measure to a
See also:political career .
He still kept up his literary work, but some of the books last mentioned cannot compare with those by which he made his name . He was elected toparliament in 190o (re-elected 1906 and 191o) as Conservative member for
See also:Gravesend and soon made his mark in the
See also:House of
See also:Commons . He wasknighted in 1902, and in succeeding years continually strengthened his position in the party, particularly by his energetic work on behalf of
See also:Tariff Reform and Imperial Preference . If he had given up to public life what at one time seemed to be due to literature, he gave it for
See also:enthusiasm in the Imperialist
See also:movement; and with the progress of that cause he came to
See also:rank by 1910 as one of the foremost men in the Unionist party outside those who had held
See also:office .
SAMUEL PARKER (164o-1688)
BART SIR HYDE PARKER
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