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Raddall, Thomas Head (1903-1994): § While born in England, Raddall came to Nova Scotia as a child in 1913; his father had transferred over from the British to the Canadian army. Raddall became a wireless operator and was, for a time, on Sable Island (which, of course, provided background for his The Nymph & the Lamp). After the war, in 1923, Raddall went to work with a pulp mill on the Mersey River as its accountant; he lived out his life at Liverpool, Nova Scotia. In 1938 he took up full time journalism. Raddall was more than just a writer: he was an historian, and well acquainted with the history of Nova Scotia. He wrote for a number of magazines, not only in Canada, but in England too. These magazines included: MacLean's, Saturday Evening Post and Blackwood's . Raddall possessed "an historical sense, a distinct flair for detail and research, a panoramic vision. ... His contribution to our literature is of immense value." (Cover of Tambour.) The following listing is near, if not all, of the books put out under Raddall.
  • The Markland Sagas (Montreal: Gazette Printing, nd [1934]).
  • Saga of the Rover with illustrations by by Thomas W. Hayhurst (Liverpool: Mersey Paper Mills, 1932).
  • His Majesty's Yankees; The book concerns itself with the role that the "Yankees of Nova Scotia" played in the American Revolution; (New York: Doubleday, 1942).
  • Pied Piper of Dipper Creek (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1943). § Winner of the Governor-General's award for distinguished Canadian fiction, this book is a collection of stories about the Nova Scotia coast.
  • Roger Sudden (New York: Doubleday, 1st Ed., 1944). § The background for this novel includes the founding of Halifax, 1749, and the fall of Louisbourg, 1758; it enjoyed a "phenomenal sale." The hero, Roger Sudden, it would appear, was based on a real life character by the name of Anthony Casteel. The story turns on an event that actually did happen during May of 1753 when a group of seven men from Halifax were taken under false pretenses by a group of Micmacs. These men, with the exception of Casteel were kille by these Indians. Casteel, who had the good fortune to speak French, travelled with his captors calling on Cobequid (Truro), Baie-Verte and Louisbourg. The historical record shows that Casteel was released at Louisbourg on June 28th.
  • Tambour (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1945). § Tales of the maritimes.
  • Pride's Fancy (New York: Doubleday, 1st Ed., 1946). § Based on the log of a Spanish brig, brought north as a prize in 1798, - Nova Scotia privateers in the Caribbean.
  • The Wedding Gift (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1st Ed., 1947). § Historical tales.
  • West Novas (1947); (Printed by the author, 2nd printing, 1986).
  • Halifax, Warden of the North; (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1948).
  • The Nymph & the Lamp (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1st Ed., 1950). § A novel about Sable Island.
  • Son of the Hawk (Toronto: Doubleday, 1950). § About Nova Scotia, the "fourteenth American colony," the one that did not win its independence, and its involvement in the American Revolution.
  • Tidefall (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1st Ed., 1953). § A story about bootlegging days, - Captain Saxby Nolan returns to the small village he knew as a boy with "a fortune in his pocket, a longing for respectability, and a grim recall of the laughter that had mocked him through his childhood." (Cover.)
  • A Muster of Arms and Other Stories; (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1954).
  • The Wings of Night; (New York: Doubleday, 1st Ed., 1956).
  • The Rover (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1958). § The story of a Canadian privateer.
  • The Governer's Lady (New York: Doubleday, Bk. Club ed., 1960). § Set during the American Revolution (New Hamshire, London and Nova Scotia), this is a biographical novel of Frances Wentworth, "whose husband governed Nova Scotia [1792-1808] but could not govern her."
  • Hangman's Beach (New York: Doubleday, 1966). § The story of the McNab family.
  • Footsteps on Old Floors (New York: Doubleday, 1st Ed., 1968). § Short stories: H.M.S. Blonde, Grey Owl, Mary Celeste, and others.
  • The Mersey Story (Bowater Paper Co., 1979).
  • In my Time; Raddall's autobiography; (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1976).
  • Time & Place: The Life and Works of Thomas H. Raddall (Acadiensis Press, Fredericton, 1991). "Papers presented at Thomas H. Raddall Symposium held September 1990. Essays by literary critics and historians provide a timely reassessment of the life and work of this popular Canadian."
  • See Also The Path Of Destiny of the "The Canadian History Series"; Edited by Costain.
  • See also "Adventures of H.M.S Blonde in N. S.," vol. 35 at p. 29, NSHS.

    Rankin, Rev. R. D.:
  • The History of Antigonish County (1922).

    Rawlyk, George A.: § A professor of history, Rawlyk taught at Mount Allison, Dalhousie, Michigan, and at Queen's.
  • A People Highly Favoured of God (Toronto: Macmillan, 1972). § Though represented on its cover as being an analysis of "the response of the Nova Scotia Yankees to the American Revolution," on my reading (had to put it down a third of the way through) it is more of a history of the Evangelical church movement in Nova Scotia during the last part of the 18th century. Incidently, one of the propositions of the authors was that the reason there was not much of a rebellion in Nova Scotia, was that, it did not have a charter as the other thirteen colonies had, so, "their lack of a usable past forced the Nova Scotia Yankees to adopt a much more equivocal and a much less hostile attitude towards Britain and British authority in their colony. ... [and] not because Nova Scotia was isolated from the rest of the American continent." (Pp. 22-3.) My studies lead me to disagree with those propositions. (See Revolution And The 14th Colony.)
  • Nova Scotia's Massachusetts, A Study of Massachusetts - Nova Scotia Relations, 1630 to 1784 (Mcgill-Queen's University Press, 1973).
  • Yankees at Louisbourg; (University of Maine Studies, 1967).
  • Historical Essays on the Atlantic Provinces (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1967). § Rawlyk is the editor. The Essays: "Loyalist Attitudes," by Margaret Ells; "Governor Wentworth's Patronage," by Ells; "Nova Scotian Trade During the War of 1812," by Copp; "The Intellectual Awakening of Nova Scotia," by Harvey; and others by others.
  • Ravished by the Spirit: Religious Revivals, Baptists, and Henry Alline (1984) (Mcgill-Queen's University Press, 1988).

    Redman, Stanley:
  • Open Gangway: An Account of the Halifax Riots, 1945 (1981); (Hantsport, Nova Scotia: Lancelot Press, 7th printing, 1990); pp. 167.

    Regan, John W.:
  • The Northwest Arm; (Halifax: Philips & Maeshall, 3rd Ed., 1928); (1st., 1908; 2nd., 1910; 4th, 1978).

    Reid, John G. (1948- ; St. Mary's U.):
  • Acadia, Maine, and New Scotland Marginal Colonies in the Seventeenth Century (University of Toronto Press, 1994). § Winner of the Sainte-Marie prize for History, 1976.

    Richard, Edouard: § Richard is described as an Acadian and an ex-member of the House of Common Canada. Richard's contribution to the history of Nova scotia is his book, Acadia (Montreal: John Lovell, 1895). The work deals with the period leading up to, and with, the "expulsion" of the Acadians in 1755.
  • Acadia (Montreal: John Lovell, 1895). § In his Acadia, a work which he claims is the first work of its kind, Richard deals with the period leading up to, and with, the expulsion of the Acadians in 1755. Richard does not concentrate on this most fascinating piece of history, "The expulsion of the Acadians"; but rather on another story, that lies in behind. (See your author's treatment The Deportation of the Acadians.) Apparently, numerous key documents, shortly after the event mysteriously disappeared. Richard's story is one of intrigue and of an 18th century cover-up that goes up to at least Governor Lawrence. Richard attempts to show where reputable historians, such as Parkman, may have been wrong in their analysis.

    Robertson, Marion (1910-1998):
  • King's Bounty (1978) (Halifax: N.S. Museum, 1983). § Loyalists & Shelburne.
  • Old Settlers' Remedies (1960); a 34 p. pamphlet compiled by Robertson (Hantsport, N.S.: Lancelot Press, 1989).

    Roe, Harold T.:
  • 40 Views of the Halifax Disaster; Halifax Explosion (Halifax: Royal Print & Litho, 1917) Official list of identified dead; Photos throughout.

    Rogers, Joseph S.:
  • Photographic Advertising (1871) (Halifax: nd). § Old photos and advertisements; A reprint of a book distributed to "Hotel Proprietors and Steamboat Captains" which are requested (on the title page) "to place this album on their parlor and saloon tables for public inspection." This publication was a 19th century advertising scheme involving most all of the important merchants with establishments at Halifax, such as: Star Manufacturing, Canada Life Assurance Company, Alexander Keith & Son, Wm. MacNab (Book, Job & Card Printer), and Metropolitan Livery Stable ("Persons requiring a First Class Turn out, can be promptly accommodated by calling ... A team will be kept standing in the Coach House every night until 12 o'clock ..."

    Rogers, Robert (1731-95):
  • Rogers' Rangers; by Lieut.-Col. H. M. Jackson (By Author, 1953).

    Roland, A. E.: Roland was the Provincial Botanist and was associated with the Nova Scotia Agricultural College at Truro.
  • "Ferns of Nova Scotia"; A reprint from the Proceedings of the Nova Scotia Institute of Science, Vol. XX, Part 3, 1940-41.

    Ross, Sally & Alphonse Deveau:
  • The Acadians of Nova Scotia: Past and Present (Halifax: Nimbus, 1992).

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