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The Annotated Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery

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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. This wildly 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 to life 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 especially its 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 background information 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 Doody supplies 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 Anne of 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 grasp the 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 the world's most charming stories.

About the Author

L. M. Montgomery was born in Clifton, Prince Edward Island, in 1874. A prolific writer, she published many short stories, poems and novels but she is best known for Anne of Green Gables and its sequels, inspired by the years she spent on the beautiful Prince Edward Island. Montgomery died in Toronto in 1942 and was buried in Cavendish on her beloved island.

"Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables has reached the status of both children's literary classic and cult phenomenon.... For those unable to visit her home, three serious scholars have annotated the beloved work.... Many period photographs add to the coverage, and the research appears to be so thorough that it seems unlikely that a revised edition of this work will ever be necessary. Those who worship at the feet of the divine Anne Shirley may find that this volume will satisfy all their desires for adulation and information."--The Horn Book Inc "There's plenty here for scholars and fans; this edition should not be relegated to the reference shelves."--Kirkus Reviews "The Annotated Anne of Green Gables will be welcomed by scholars and fans."--The Christian Science Monitor

Preface
Chronologyp. 3
Introductionp. 9
The Annotated Anne of Green Gablesp. 35
Variants Between Editionsp. 397
Textual Notesp. 399
The Geography of Anne of Green Gablesp. 415
The Settlers of P.E.I.: The Celtic Influence in Annep. 418
The Exceptional Orphan Anne: Child Care, Orphan Asylums, Farming Out, Indenturing, and Adoptionp. 422
Education on P.E.I.p. 430
Gardens and Plantsp. 434
Homemade Artifacts and Home Lifep. 438
Food Preparation, Cookery, and Home Decorationp. 443
Breaking the Silence: Music and Elocutionp. 452
Literary Allusion and Quotation in Anne of Green Gablesp. 457
Songsp. 463
[Nelly of] The Hazel Dellp. 464
Far Above the [Gentle] Daisiesp. 465
My Home on the Hillp. 466
Literary Works and Recitation Pieces
The Battle of Hohenlindenp. 467
Edinburgh After Floddenp. 467
Bingen on the Rhinep. 470
On the Downfall of Polandp. 471
The Dog at His Master's Gravep. 472
Curfew Must Not Ring Tonightp. 473
How Sockery Set a Henp. 474
Mary, Queen of Scotsp. 475
The Society for the Suppression of Gossipp. 477
The Fairy Queenp. 480
Mars La Tour, or, The Maiden's Vowp. 481
Book Reviewsp. 483
Bibliographyp. 490
Acknowledgmentsp. 493
Illustration Creditsp. 495
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Lucy Maud Montgomery

Lucy Maud Montgomery, publicly known as L. M. Montgomery, was a Canadian author best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908. Anne of Green Gables was an immediate success. The central character, Anne, an orphaned girl, made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following.[1] The first novel was followed by a series of sequels with Anne as the central character. Montgomery went on to publish 20 novels as well as 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays. Most of the novels were set on Prince Edward Island, Canada, and places in the Canadian province became literary landmarks.

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ISBN: 9780195104288
ISBN-10: 0195104285
Audience: General
For Ages: 15 - 18 years old
For Grades: 10 - 12
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 28th August 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.5 x 20.7  x 3.6
Weight (kg): 1.2