The Annotated Anne of Green Gables

Hardcover | February 1, 1997

byL. M. MontgomeryEditorWendy Elizabeth Barry, Margaret Anne Doody

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Since its publication in 1908, Anne of Green Gables has been a continuous international best-seller, enjoying successful television adaptations on PBS and The Disney Channel, and captivating children and adults alike with the irresistible charms of its remarkable heroine, Anne Shirley. Thiswildly imaginative, red-headed chatterbox tries to fit into the narrow confines of Victorian expectations, but her exuberant spirit keeps leaping delightfully beyond the bounds. Indeed, when Maud Montgomery decided to reject the sermonizing formulas of the children's books of her day, she brought tolife a character much closer to Jane Eyre, David Copperfield, and Tom Sawyer--also orphans, like Anne--than to the self-sacrificing, conformist heroines then in demand. In doing so, Montgomery subtly questioned the values of her society--the stifling restraints of its religion and most especiallyits treatment of women--while giving readers all the pleasures of her considerable story-telling gifts. Now, in this first fully annotated edition of Anne of Green Gables, readers will appreciate more clearly than ever before the scope and depth of this extraordinary novel. Editors Margaret Anne Doody, Mary Doody Jones, and Wendy Barry provide a richly illustrated, completely revised text,along with hundreds of notes describing the real-life characters and settings Anne encounters, the autobiographical connections between Anne and Maud Montgomery, and the book's astonishing range of literary, biblical, and mythological references. Additional essays offer fascinating backgroundinformation on such topics as the geography and settlement of Prince Edward Island (where Anne takes place); the education, orphanages, music, and literature of Anne's time; and the horticulture, homemade artifacts, and food preparation that are so prevalent in the story. Margaret Anne Doodysupplies a comprehensive introduction, which situates the novel in its literary and social contexts, explores those aspects of Montgomery's life most relevant to the story, examines revisions in the manuscripts, and provides an overall sense of both the impulses that drove Montgomery to write Anneof Green Gables and the larger concerns it dramatizes so compellingly. This edition also contains a chronology of Montgomery's life, an extensive bibliography, songs and poems that appear in the text, and a selection of original reviews of the book. This wealth of material enables readers to graspthe marvelous multi-layeredness of the novel and to understand more fully its place in both its own time and in ours. Elegantly and beautifully designed, with generous illustrations from previous editions, photographs of the places the novel inhabits, and explanatory drawings that reproduce the texture of Anne's world, The Annotated Anne of Green Gables is a major event in the publishing history of one of theworld's most charming stories.

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That inimitable redhead is back with her romantic idealism and determined individuality in The Annotated Anne of Green Gables. Join Anne as she explores her new world, full of new friends, pesky boys and far-too-practical guardians. But L.M. Montgomery's wonderful classic is more than just a tale about growing up. As the essays and not...

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Since its publication in 1908, Anne of Green Gables has been a continuous international best-seller, enjoying successful television adaptations on PBS and The Disney Channel, and captivating children and adults alike with the irresistible charms of its remarkable heroine, Anne Shirley. Thiswildly imaginative, red-headed chatterbox trie...

Margaret Anne Doody is Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. Mary Doody Jones is an independent scholar and an authority on Anne and L.M. Montgomery. Wendy Barry is a Graduate Student in English at Vanderbilt University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:504 pages, 7.72 × 9.8 × 1.81 inPublished:February 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195104285

ISBN - 13:9780195104288

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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That inimitable redhead is back with her romantic idealism and determined individuality in The Annotated Anne of Green Gables. Join Anne as she explores her new world, full of new friends, pesky boys and far-too-practical guardians. But L.M. Montgomery's wonderful classic is more than just a tale about growing up. As the essays and notes point out, this tale is rife with mythological, biblical, literary and other references. This amounts to a fine, subtle critique of the age in which Montgomery was living, in particular in its treatment of women.

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"The Annotated Anne of Green Gables will be welcomed by scholars and fans."--The Christian Science Monitor