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Print Price: $27.50

444 pp.
300+ b/w photographs, 6" x 9"


Publication date:
August 2017

Imprint: OUP Canada

The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery

The PEI Years, 1900-1911

Mary Henley Rubio and Elizabeth Hillman Waterston

Series : L M Montgomery Journals

L.M. Montgomery (1874-1942) had begun keeping a private journal before she turned fifteen. From 1918 onward, she had carefully copied out her entries. She intended this detailed life record to be published posthumously. Montgomery's long-hidden version of her early life emerged as the bestselling Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery, Volumes I-V, first published in 1985. Twenty-five years ago, it seemed prudent to offer a tightly organized book with a strong central narrative, but this decision meant setting aside many entries on her personal tastes, her effusions over landscape, and her increasing bouts of depression.

L.M. Montgomery's record of her life is published now for the first time without abridgement. The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The P.E.I. Years, 1889-1900 was published in early 2012 to much acclaim. This second book, covering the years 1901 to 1911, continues to provide a more comprehensive portrait of Montgomery's life in PEI than has ever been available before.

This publication covers Montgomery's early adult years, including her work as a newspaper editor in Halifax, Nova Scotia; her publishing career taking flight; the death of her grandmother; and her forthcoming marriage to a local clergyman. It also documents her own reflections on writing, her increasingly problematic mood swings and feelings of isolation, and her changing relationship with the world around her, particularly that of Prince Edward Island.

Available for the first time in paperback, this new edition recreates the format Montgomery herself devised. Over 300 of her photographs, newspaper clippings, postcards, and professional portraits are reproduced, all with Montgomery's original placement and captions.

Readership : L.M. Montgomery is beloved all over the world by children and adults alike. Her unabridged journals will appeal to those who read and loved The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery but are now looking for the complete story. As well, anyone who read The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years 1889-1900 will want to pick up where the first book left off. Readers will also include fans of her fiction and those interested in social history and women's studies.

The PEI Years, 1901-1911

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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 Waterston five volumes of The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery (Oxford University Press, 1985-2005).

Elizabeth Hillman Waterston, FRCS, O.Ont., is professor emerita at the University of Guelph. Her critical work, Magic Island: The Fictions of L.M. Montgomery (Oxford, 2008), considers all of Montgomery's novels in the context of a richly textured imaginative landscape. Other books by Waterston include Rapt in Plaid: Canadian Literature and the Scottish Tradition (University of Toronto Press, 2003) and Children's Literature in Canada (Simon & Schuster, 1992), as well as two recent novels: Passion Spent (Lulu, 2007) and At the Corner of Hope (Borealis, 2008).

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Special Features

  • First time available in paperback
  • Notes from previous edition:
  • Canada's great storyteller. Covers the most successful years of Montgomery's career when she wrote Anne of Green Gables (1908),IAnne of Avonlea (1909), Kilmeny of the Orchard (1910), and The Story Girl (1911).
  • Unabridged. Montgomery's journals are reproduced here in entirety for the first time.
  • New introduction. Authors Mary Henley Rubio and Elizabeth Hillman Waterston provide fascinating background information.
  • Explanatory notes. New footnotes offer context for the people, history, and culture behind Montgomery's narrative.
  • Illustrated. More than 300 of Montgomery's own photographs are reproduced throughout the journals, in addition to newspaper clippings and postcards, all with her original placement and captions.
  • Psychological portrait. New insights into the psyche of one of Canada's most famous writers.
  • Early twentieth-century history. A fascinating time in Canadian history, with the rise of new technologies and scientific discoveries, trends in education, and changing fashion.