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L.M. Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables

  • Shirley Foster
  • Judy Simons


In August 1907, a few months after Anne of Green Gables had been accepted for publication, Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote joyfully in her Journal:

Well, I’ve written my book. The dream dreamed years ago in that old brown desk in school has come true at last after years of toil and struggle. And the realization is sweet — almost as sweet as the dream!1

The novel, which appeared in June 1908, was, like most of the other books discussed in this study, an overnight success, despite its modest beginnings. As Montgomery herself explains:

Two years ago in the spring of 1905 I was looking over [my] notebook in search of some suitable idea for a short serial I wanted to write for a certain Sunday School paper and I found a faded entry, written ten years before:- “Elderly couple apply to orphan asylum for a boy. By mistake a girl is sent them.” I thought this would do. I began to block out chapters, devise incidents and “brood up” my heroine… Then the thought came, “Write a book about her.” (I, 330)


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  1. 1.
    Ed. Mary Rubio and Elizabeth Waterston, The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery(Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1985), I, 331. All subsequent references to this work will be included in the text.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Mollie Gillen, The Wheel of Things: A Biography of L.M. Montgomery, Author of Anne of Green Gables (London: Harrap, 1976), p.70.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p.72.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p.71.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p.76.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p.79.Google Scholar
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    Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables (London: Puffin Books, 1977), p.17 and passim. All subsequent references are to this edition and are included in the text.Google Scholar
  8. 20.
    These points are made in Temma F. Berg, ‘Anne of Green Gables: A Girl’s Reading’, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, vol. 9, no. 4, Winter 1984–5, pp.124–8; and Google Scholar
  9. Carol Gay, ‘“Kindred Spirits” All: Green Gables Revisited’, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, vol. 11, no. 1, Spring 1986, pp.9–12.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Carol Gay, op.cit. p.10.Google Scholar
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    Elizabeth Wetherell [Susan Warner], The Wide, Wide World (New York: The Feminist Press, 1987), p.148.Google Scholar

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© Shirley Foster and Judy Simons 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shirley Foster
    • 1
  • Judy Simons
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SheffieldUK
  2. 2.Sheffield Hallam UniversityUK

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