The L.M. Montgomery Reader: Volume Three: A Legacy in Review

The L.M. Montgomery Reader: Volume Three: A Legacy in Review

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By Benjamin Lefebvre
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The final volume of The L.M. Montgomery Reader, A Legacy in Review examines a long overlooked portion of Montgomery’s critical reception: reviews of her books. Although Montgomery downplayed the impact that reviews had on her writing career, claiming to be amused and tolerant of reviewers’ contradictory opinions about her work, she nevertheless cared enough to keep a large percentage of them in scrapbooks as an archive of her career.

Edited by leading Montgomery scholar Benjamin Lefebvre, this volume presents more than four hundred reviews from eight countries that raise questions about and offer reflections on gender, genre, setting, character, audience, and nationalism, much of which anticipated the scholarship that has thrived in the last four decades. Lefebvre’s extended introduction and chapter headnotes place the reviews in the context of Montgomery’s literary career and trace the evolution of attitudes to her work, and his epilogue examines the reception of Montgomery’s books that were published posthumously.

A comprehensive account of the reception of Montgomery’s books, published during and after her lifetime, A Legacy in Review is the illuminating final volume of this important new resource for L.M. Montgomery scholars and fans around the world.

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

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Introduction: A Legacy in Review

Benjamin Lefebvre

A Note on the Text

1. Anne of Green Gables (1908)

2. Anne of Avonlea (1909)

3. Kilmeny of the Orchard (1910)

4. The Story Girl (1911)

5. Chronicles of Avonlea (1912)

6. The Golden Road (1913)

7. Anne of the Island (1915)

8. The Watchman and Other Poems (1916)

9. Anne’s House of Dreams (1917)

10. Rainbow Valley (1919)

11. Further Chronicles of Avonlea (1920)

12. Rilla of Ingleside (1921)

13. Emily of New Moon (1923)

14. Emily Climbs (1925)

15. The Blue Castle: A Novel (1926)

16. Emily’s Quest (1927)

17. Magic for Marigold (1929)

18. A Tangled Web/Aunt Becky Began It (1931)

19. Pat of Silver Bush (1933)

20. Courageous Women (1934) (with Marian Keith and Mabel Burns Mckinley)

21. Mistress Pat: A Novel of Silver Bush (1935)

22. Anne of Windy Poplars/Anne of Windy Willows (1936)

23. Jane of Lantern Hill (1937)

24. Anne of Ingleside (1939)

Epilogue: Posthumous Titles, 1960–2013

Benjamin Lefebvre

Sources

Bibliography

“Benjamin Lefebvre amasses a century-long, world-wide array of responses to L.M. Montgomery’s work. Readers will be surprised and amused by his revelation of wild swings in taste and bias among critics of the ever-popular Canadian writer.”

Elizabeth Waterston, Department of English, University of Guelph

“Now that it is complete, The L.M. Montgomery Reader is sure to be the authoritative source on Montgomery’s critical and popular reception as a bestselling author. Benjamin Lefebvre has devoted many years to the Reader, and one cannot imagine anyone better suited for the work.”

Janice Fiamengo, Department of English, University of Ottawa

“Lefebvre has uncovered a cache of new, important material in an already impressive and crowded field of Montgomery scholarship.”

Laurie Glenn Norris, Saint John Telegraph-Journal

‘Lefebvre’s overall achievement in this Reader series is a masterful compilation of archival adeptness and exquisite editing that addresses, through collation, crucial source materials for specialists in Canadian literature and history.’

Aoife Assumpta Hart, Canadian Literature issue number 226

“Lefebvre has thoroughly mined earlier scholars’ bibliographies and online newspaper archives to find reviews in periodicals from eight different countries, including the Bookman (London), the Globe (Toronto) and Vogue (New York). . . . Collectively, these reviews . . . represent a superb barometer of [Montgomery’s] fluctuating cultural value as a writer.”

Irene Gammel, The Times Literary Supplement

‘Lefebvre’s archival research is thorough and often brilliant, making the Reader an invaluable trove not only for Montgomery scholars but also for those working with the reception history of Canadian writers.’

Anne Furlong, University of Toronto Quarterly vol 84:03:2015

PROSE Award for Literature awarded by Association of American Publishers (United States) - Winner in 2016