Glengarry School Days: A Story of the Early Days in Glengarry by Ralph Connor was wildly popular when first published in Toronto, London and New York in 1902.
The 15 episodes that make up the book look back affectionately on childhood in Ontario at the time of Confederation. The stories show the schoolboys self-reliance, their deep respect for what they understand as God's law, and the ordered vigour of the lives they make in the light of their faith.
Ralph Connor was the pen name of Rev. Charles William Gordon. Rev. Gordon was a Presbyterian minister who in 1921 became the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. He began publishing his short stories in 1897 as a fund-raiser and became the most successful Canadian novelist of the early 20th century.