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Thomas Chandler Haliburton

Thomas Chandler Haliburton was one of the first major Canadian authors.

Haliburton was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia[?] to an upper class family. He attended King's College, Halifax and became a lawyer, opening a practice in Annapolis Royal[?].

Haliburton became noted local business man and a judge, but his great fame came from his writing. Haliburton wrote a diverse number of books on history, politics, and farm improvement. He rose to world wide fame with his Clockmaker serial that first appeared in the Novascotian[?] and was later published in book form throughout the British Empire. The books recounted the humourous adventures of the character Sam Slick[?] and became extremely popular light reading.

Haliburton eventually retired from law a moved to England where he continued writing and died there in 1865.


  • A General Description of Nova Scotia - 1823
  • An Historical and Statistical Account of Nova Scotia - 1829
  • The Clockmaker - 1836
  • The Clockmaker, 2nd Series - 1838
  • The Bubbles of Canada - 1839
  • A Reply to the Report of the Earl of Durham - 1839
  • The Clockmaker, 3rd Series - 1840
  • The Old Judge, Or Life in a Colony - 1849
  • The English in America - 1851
  • Rule and Misrule in English America - 1851

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