The L.M. Montgomery Reader assembles significant rediscovered primary material on one of Canada's most enduringly popular authors throughout her high-profile career and after her death. Each of its three volumes gathers pieces published all over the world to set the stage for a much-needed reassessment of Montgomery's literary reputation. Much of the material is freshly unearthed from archives and digital collections and has never before been published in book form. The selections appearing in this first volume focus on Montgomery's role as a public celebrity and author of the resoundingly successful Anne of Green Gables (1908). They give a strong impression of her as a writer and cultural critic as she discusses a range of topics with wit, wisdom, and humour, including the natural landscape of Prince Edward Island, her wide readership, anxieties about modernity, and the continued relevance of "old ideals." These essays and interviews, joined by a number of additional pieces that discuss her work's literary and cultural value in relation to an emerging canon of Canadian literature, make up nearly one hundred selections in all.
Each volume is accompanied by an extensive introduction and detailed commentary by leading Montgomery scholar Benjamin Lefebvre that trace the interplay between the author and the critic, as well as between the private and the public Montgomery. This volume - and the Reader as a whole - adds tremendously to our understanding and appreciation of Montgomery's legacy as a Canadian author and as a literary celebrity both during and beyond her lifetime.
Benjamin Lefebvre, PhD, lives in Waterloo, Ontario, and is director of L.M. Montgomery Online. His previous publications include an edition of L.M. Montgomery's rediscovered final book, The Blythes Are Quoted.
Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction: A Life in Print BENJAMIN LEFEBVRE A Note on the Text 1. [Such a Delightful Little Person] (1908) 2. Author Tells How He Wrote His Story (1908) 3. Origin of Popular Book (1908) 4. The Author of Anne of Avonlea (1909) 5. Miss Montgomery, the Author of the "Anne" Books (1909) A. WYLIE MAHON 6. A Trio of Women Writers (1909) DONALD B. SINCLAIR 7. Canadian Writers on Canadian Literature - A Symposium (1910) 8. Says Woman's Place Is Home (1910) 9. Want to Know How to Write Books? Well Here's a Real Recipe (1910) PHOEBE DWIGHT 10. Miss Montgomery's Visit to Boston (1910) 11. Four Questions Answered (1910) LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY 12. Miss L.M. Montgomery, Author of Anne of Green Gables (1910) 13. How I Began to Write (1911) L.M. MONTGOMERY 14. [Seasons in the Woods] (1911) L.M. MONTGOMERY 15. With Our Next-Door Neighbors: Prince Edward Island (1911) THOMAS F. ANDERSON 16. [The Marriage of L.M. Montgomery] (1911) 17. A Canadian Novelist of Note Interviewed (1911) 18. Interviews with Authors (1911) ANNE E. NIAS 19. The Old Minister in The Story Girl (1912) A. WYLIE MAHON 20. L.M. Montgomery: Story Writer (1913) MARJORY MACMURCHY 21. L.M. Montgomery at Women's Canadian Club (1913) 22. L.M. Montgomery of the Island (1914) MARJORY MACMURCHY 23. What Twelve Canadian Women Hope to See as the Outcome of the War (1915) 24. The Way to Make a Book (1915) L.M. MONTGOMERY 25. How I Began (1915) L.M. MONTGOMERY 26. [This Hideous War] (1915) 27. What Are the Greatest Books in the English Language? (1916) 28. My Favorite Bookshelf (1917) L.M. MONTGOMERY 29. The Author of Anne (1919) ETHEL CHAPMAN 30. The Gay Days of Old (1919) L.M. MONTGOMERY 31. Introduction to Further Chronicles of Avonlea, by L.M. Montgomery (1920) NATHAN HASKELL DOLE 32. One Little Girl Who Wrote to L.M. Montgomery and Received a Reply (1920) 33. A Sextette of Canadian Women Writers (1920) OWEN MCGILLICUDDY 34. Blank Verse? "Very Blank," Said Father (1921) L.M. MONTGOMERY 35. "I Dwell among My Own People" (1921) L.M. MONTGOMERY 36. Bits from My Mailbag (1922) L.M. MONTGOMERY 37. From Fiction Writers on Fiction Writing: Advice, Opinions and a Statement of Their Own Working Methods by More Than One Hundred Authors (1923) 38. Novel Writing Notes (1923) L.M. MONTGOMERY 39. Proud That Canadian Literature Is Clean (1924) 40. Canadian Public Cold to Its Own Literature (1924) 41. Thinks Modern Flapper Will Be Strict Mother (1924) 42. Symposium on Canadian Fiction in Which Canadian Authors Express Their Preferences (1924) 43. Something about L.M. Montgomery (1925) 44. L.M. Montgomery's Rilla of Ingleside: A Reader's Journal (1925) ALTAIR 45. Famous Author and Simple Mother (1925) NORMA PHILLIPS MUIR 46. The Day before Yesterday (1927) L.M. MONTGOMERY MACDONALD 47. Who's Who in Canadian Literature: L.M. Montgomery (1927) V.B. RHODENIZER 48. About Canadian Writers: L.M. Montgomery, the Charming Author of "Anne" (1927) KATHERINE HALE 49. On Being of the Tribe of Joseph (1927) AUSTIN BOTHWELL 50. Minister's Wife and Authoress (1928) C.L. COWAN 51. An Autobiographical Sketch (1929) L.M. MONTGOMERY 52. Modern Girl Defined by Noted Writer (1929) 53. L.M. Montgomery's Ideas (1930) 54. The 'Teen-Age Girl (1931) L.M. MONTGOMERY 55. Anne of Green Gables at Home (1931) A.V. BROWN 56. An Open Letter from a Minister's Wife (1931) L.M. MONTGOMERY 57. Life Has Been Interesting (1933) MRS. L.M. MACDONALD (L.M. MONTGOMERY) 58. The Importance of Beauty in Everything (1933) L.M. MONTGOMERY 5.9 From Courageous Women (1934) L.M. MONTGOMERY 60. Author to Get No Profit as Green Gables Filmed (1934) 61. Film Preview of Noted Novel Honors Canadian Woman Writer (1934) 62. Is This My Anne (1935) L.M. MONTGOMERY 63. Foreword to Up Came the Moon, by Jessie Findlay Brown (1936) L.M. MONTGOMERY 64. Come Back with Me to Prince Edward Island (1936) L.M. MONTGOMERY 65. Memories of Childhood Days (1936) L.M. MONTGOMERY 66. The Mother of the Anne Series - Lucy M. Montgomery (1937) EVA-LIS WUORIO, TRANSLATED BY VAPPU KANNAS 67. The Book and the Film (1937) 68. For and about Girls (1937) L.M. MONTGOMERY 69. Prince Edward Island (1939) L.M. MONTGOMERY, OBE 70. Beloved Writer Addresses Several Aurora Gatherings (1940) 71. Noted Author Dies Suddenly at Home Here (1942) 72. Lucy Maud Montgomery (1942) 73. L.M. Montgomery's "Anne" (1942) 74. Body of Island's Beloved Authoress Home for Burial (1942) 75. Island Writer Laid to Rest at Cavendish (1942) 76. The Creator of "Anne" (1942) 77. [L.M. Montgomery's Last Poem] (1942) 78. L.M. Montgomery / Mrs. (Rev.) Ewen Macdonald (1942) 79. L.M. Montgomery as a Letter-Writer (1942) E. WEBER 80. L.M. Montgomery's "Anne" (1944) E. WEBER Epilogue: Anne of Green Gables - The Story of the Photoplay (1920) ARABELLA BOONE Sources Bibliography Index