The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900

Hardcover | June 15, 2012

byMary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston

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The first edition of The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery was published in the 1980s, with fifty percent of the material removed to save space, as well as to reflect a quaint, marketable vision of small-town Canada. The editors were instructed to excise anything that was not upbeat or didnot "move the story along." The resulting account of Montgomery's youthful life in Prince Edward Island depicts a fun-loving, simple country girl. The unabridged journal, however, reveals something quite different. We now know that Montgomery was anything but simple. She was often anxious, bitter, dark, and political, although always able to see herself and her surroundings with a deep ironic - and often comical - twist. The unabridged version shows her using writing as a means of managing her own mood swings,as well as her increasing dependency on journal keeping, and her ambition as a writer. She was also exceedingly interested in men. We see here a more developed portrait of what she herself described as a "very uncomfortable blend" between "the passionate Montgomery blood and the Puritan Macneillconscience." Full details describe the impassioned events during which she describes becoming a "new creature," "born of sorrow ... and hopeless longing."In addition, this unedited account is a striking visual record, containing 226 of her own photographs placed as she placed them in her journals, as well as newspaper clippings, postcards, and professional portraits, all with her own original captions. New notes and a new introduction give keycontext to the history, the people, and the culture in the text. A new preface by Michael Bliss draws some unexpected connections.The full PEI journals tells a fascinating tale of a young woman coming of age in a bygone rural Canada, a tale far thornier and far more compelling than the first selected edition could disclose.

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The first edition of The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery was published in the 1980s, with fifty percent of the material removed to save space, as well as to reflect a quaint, marketable vision of small-town Canada. The editors were instructed to excise anything that was not upbeat or didnot "move the story along." The resulting ac...

Mary Henley Rubio is professor emerita at the University of Guelph. Her biography Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings (Doubleday, 2008) was nominated for British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and has successfully sold across the world. Rubio's other publications include co-editing with Elizabeth Hillman Waterst...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:June 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019900210X

ISBN - 13:9780199002108

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AcknowledgmentsMichael Bliss: ForewordIntroductionThe PEI Years, 1889-1899IllustrationsIndex

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"All photographs that Montgomery inserted into her manuscript are now embedded in the text, creating a multi-media impact - and the result is beautiful." --Chronicle Herald