The L.M. Montgomery Reader: Volume One: A Life in Print

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byBenjamin Lefebvre

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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.

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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 reputati...

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.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.28 × 6.26 × 1.3 inPublished:December 3, 2013Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

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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

Editorial Reviews

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."No one knows more than Benjamin Lefebvre about publications by and about L.M. Montgomery, and it's wonderful to have so many previously inaccessible materials now made available. This volume represents a serious advance in state-of-the-art research for Montgomery specialists, and offers a major contribution to our knowledge of Canadian literature and culture for the first half of the twentieth century. Enriched with fulsome annotations and contextualizing information, it will be appreciated by both scholars and Montgomery fans." - Carole Gerson, Department of English, Simon Fraser University