Anne of Green Gables First Edition Expected To Reach Record At Auction

Anne of Green Gables First EdtionLibrary and Archives Canada has several 1908 copies of the book but if you want this one it could cost you $25,000.  This classic is up for sale in New York City at  Sotheby’s Dec. 11.

For those of us who don’t have a extra twenty five grand for the bookshelf there is always the First Edition Cover 100th Anniversary artwork less then a coffee.


ISPEI welcomes The Anne of Green Gables and L. M. Montgomery Lexicon to the Blogroll

We are very happy to introduce The Anne of Green Gables and L. M. Montgomery Lexicon to our Blogroll.

The Lexicon has become a leading clearinghouse of Anne and Montgomery content.

If you ever wanted to explore Anne’s World and the writings of Montgomery online this is one site you don’t want to miss.

The menu includes:

  1. About the author
  2. list of e-texts
  3. bibliography
  4. flimography
  5. creation and publication
  6. locations
  7. timelines (by leading character)
  8. library
  9. recipes (scrumptious?  The names sound nice for sure.)
  10. book cover gallery ( a MUST see!)
  11. Famous fans
  12. book mentions
  13. memorabilia
  14. quizzes
  15. games
  16. and e-cards
  17. blog
  18. links to other LMM sites
  19. shop
  20. guestbook

Check it out.

‘Anne of Green Gables’ is an evergreen


The sheer vitality of L.M. Montgomery’s adventure-seeking 1908 title character is as fresh as ever at 100.

The planks that made up her bedroom wall did not fit together properly, so when she would wake up on winter mornings in an old house on Prince Edward Island, Canada, often there were snowdrifts on the floor. To keep warm while she wrote her stories, she had to curl up her legs and sit on her feet. Her secondhand typewriter lacked a “w” key.

Still she wrote. (Or “rote,” as it would have appeared in her typewritten version.) Obstacles, hardships, setbacks, impediments — they counted for nothing. Lucy Maud Montgomery, who roomed with relatives because her mother had died when she was an infant and her father left to seek his fortune elsewhere, was a small woman with a staggeringly strong will. Her imagination was a driving force that would not be denied.

When Montgomery finished her first novel, she mailed it to publisher after publisher. The rejection slips piled up like the snowdrifts in that bedroom.

And then, after more than two dozen publishers had said no, one finally said yes, and the young orphan known as Anne Shirley — don’t forget the “e” at the end of “Anne,” or she’ll let you know about it — was born into the world of readers.

“Anne of Green Gables” was published in June 1908, which means that soon it will be a century old. Yet “old” doesn’t go with the character, because if there is one thing we know about Anne, it’s that this lively, redheaded streak of exuberance, no matter her chronological age, is now and forevermore associated with youth.

Montgomery ultimately would write 24 novels, including seven more about Anne’s adventures on the ruggedly beautiful island that constitutes Canada’s smallest province. She’d also account for 530 short stories and more than 500 poems. Anne, however, was easily her most famous creation. Before Montgomery’s death in 1942 at age 67, she saw the child of her imagination — the plucky, fearless, boundary-pushing girl who was a perpetual magnet for trouble — become an international sensation. Her story was made into several movies and it inspired fan letters from around the world.

A paperback copy of any volume in the series will cost you about $5, which means that you can jump into Anne’s world for the price of a Starbucks venti latte. Trust me: After a few rollicking, helter-skelter chapters, you won’t need the caffeine anyway.

Anne has a habit of getting into “scrapes,” as her guardian, the dour Marilla, puts it. In fact, that is the chief pleasure of the Anne books: They recognize, as so many other books with young females as protagonists do not, that girls like to run and jump and get dirty and explore the woods and have adventures just as much as boys do. A century after Anne got herself tangled up in scrape after scrape, the lesson still hasn’t sunk in. The recent bestseller “The Dangerous Book for Boys” (2007) is great — but its prejudice is plain in its title. Don’t bother telling me about “The Daring Book for Girls” (2007), a thin attempt to play catch-up; all you need to know is that when USA Today reviewed the latter, the headline was: “Books for Girls Chase After the Boys.” Can’t you see Anne cringing at that?

Source: The Los Angles Times

The Heartbreaking Truth About Anne’s Creator

It is hard to read about the tragic death of Lucy Maud Montgomery.  I    am grateful to Kate MacDonald and her family for sharing and helping people others to break free of stigma.
The Hearbreaking Truth About Anne’s Creator

Globe and Mail September 19, 2008

For many years, my family has kept a troubling secret. What has made things even more difficult is the fact that the person it involves was not only my grandmother, but one of Canada’s most beloved authors, Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Her most famous novel, Anne of Green Gables, is still a bestseller after 100 years. In addition to Anne, my grandmother wrote 19 other novels, personal journals and hundreds of short stories and poems. As well, she has been the subject of several biographical studies.

Despite her great success, it is known that she suffered from depression, that she was isolated, sad and filled with worry and dread for much of her life. But our family has never spoken publicly about the extent of her illness.

What has never been revealed is that L.M. Montgomery took her own life at the age of 67 through a drug overdose.

I wasn’t told the details of what happened, and I never saw the note she left, but I do know that it asked for forgiveness.

After having read the poignant Breakdown series on mental health in The Globe and Mail during the summer, I was inspired to reflect upon my own family’s history with depression.

Additionally, the recent focus on my grandmother’s creativity – this is the 100th anniversary of the publication of Anne of Green Gables, with events around the world celebrating Anne and her creator – has encouraged me to end our silence.

I have come to feel very strongly that the stigma surrounding mental illness will be forever upon us as a society until we sweep away the misconception that depression happens to other people, not us – and most certainly not to our heroes and icons.

Obviously it can happen to anyone. The public faces of such prominent Canadians as Roméo Dallaire, James Bartleman, Valerie Pringle and others who supported mental-health awareness during the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s recent publicity campaign have also had a powerful effect on me.

But, most important, the legacy of L.M. Montgomery, and my grandfather, Rev. Ewan Macdonald, and its related responsibilities and joys, are taken very seriously by my family. I spoke with them before writing this essay and we agreed that it was important for us to share our family’s story.

I never knew my grandmother. She died in 1942, before I was born. My grandfather, who also suffered from serious mental illness, died the following year. I got to know them through my father.

After my two older brothers married and left home, I had my parents all to myself for a few short years before my father, a physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, died in 1982. I became closer to him while I studied at the dining-room table – a time when we had a lot of conversations together. We developed a deeper connection during his last years and I am grateful for those memories of our time together.

When the last volume of The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery was published in 2004, I sobbed through it and, in fact, I couldn’t even finish it – there was such a profound sadness for me in imagining how my father must have coped with two such depressed parents.

For a young man in the prime of his life, it must have been an overwhelming responsibility. I remembered our late-night conversations and how he shared many memories, yet rarely talked about the burdens he must have felt during his young adult life.

My heart aches for my father, who was left behind to deal with the grief of losing his beloved mother. He carried the secret of the circumstances of her death and maintained the façade of a proper and well-adjusted family because of his desire to protect them and their reputation in the community.

Reading between the lines

L.M. Montgomery’s most famous character, Anne Shirley, declared, “My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes,” and readers find it one of Anne’s more endearing sayings. That particular lament has always been especially significant to me as I imagine my grandmother must have felt the same sadness at times in her life. The fictional Anne went on to happiness and a life full of love and fulfilment. My grandmother’s reality was not so positive, although she continues to inspire generations of readers with her books, which reveal her understanding of nature – both in matters of the heart and the world. Although she was a very successful author, her life was overshadowed by her depression, coping with her husband’s mental illness and the restrictions of her life as a clergyman’s wife and mother in an era when women’s roles were highly defined.

Even though I never met them, I’ve always regarded my paternal grandparents with great affection because of their influence on my father and, therefore, on me. I grew up admiring their achievements, both professional and personal, through my father’s stories and reminiscences.

My heart aches for them, as well, because I know they were part of a generation that simply did not acknowledge personal dysfunction, let alone seek help.

I have great admiration for my grandmother, for her contribution to Canadian literature and culture, her strength of character, and the love, pride and sense of responsibility she gave to my family.

I am proud of her courage, given how isolated and lonely she must have felt during certain periods of her life. I wish that her family or community had had some of the tools that are available today. I expect that most families continue to be bewildered about how to help loved ones who suffer from debilitating depression.

I hope that by writing about my grandmother now there might be less secrecy and more awareness that will ease the unnecessary suffering so many people experience as a result of such depressions.

An encouraging light

The recent Globe and Mail series certainly sheds an encouraging light on the notion of the “perfect” family, acknowledging that it may include the reality of depression and other mental illness, and suggests that the shame surrounding these subjects may be lifting.

I’ll never know if my grandmother might have been inclined to seek help if she had lived in a less judgmental era or if she had had access to supportive therapy or the medications available today. I would like to think so.

I long to tell her how I wish her family could have known how to help her and how proud we all are of her accomplishments. I also wish that, while my father was still alive, my family could have helped one another more by talking more openly about our feelings around her death. We realize now that secrecy is not the way to deal with the reality of depression and other mental-health issues.

Kate Macdonald Butler is the daughter of Stuart Macdonald, who was the youngest son of L.M. Montgomery.

「赤毛のアン」刊行100周年、特別企画展開催 広島 – MSN産経ニュース

「赤毛のアン」刊行100周年、特別企画展開催 広島

2008.12.14 01:48


同文学館などの主催。モンゴメリが生み出し、世界35カ国以上で翻訳された名作が、日本でどのように受け入れられていったかに焦点をあてながら紹介。会場 では、初めて日本語訳を手がけた翻訳家、村岡花子(明治26-昭和43年)による邦訳初版本(昭和27年)や、原書の初版本をはじめ、アンなどに関する資 料約410点を展示している。

このほか会場には「アン」と並ぶ代表作で、作家を目指す少女を描いた「エミリー」の初版本(大正12年)も 紹介。また、ファンが作った人形のほか、高さ約80センチ、幅約90センチ、奥行き約60センチの、アンが住む家の大型模型も展示。内部の家具まで詳細に 再現しており、訪れる人たちの注目を集めている。


via 「赤毛のアン」刊行100周年、特別企画展開催 広島 – MSN産経ニュース.

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Reading to Know: Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge

Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge

You’ve been talking and I’ve been listening. Lucy Maud Montgomery is my favorite author of all times. (Well, my favorite female writer. The favorite male writer being, of course, C.S. Lewis.) I have not only read everything L.M. Montgomery ever wrote but I also own everything she wrote (minus one non-fiction magazine article). I seriously love her writing and I’m not sure I can even say why, exactly, although I will certainly try.

Lucy Maud Montgomery had an active imagination. She must have taken herself on some wild personal adventures but she also provided her reader to escape to a magical place known as Prince Edward Island. The majority of her stories were set on Prince Edward Island. Because of that, about 8 years ago I traveled to that Island to see this world that Montgomery breathed out into her writing. I wanted to walk where she walked and see what she saw and wrote about in such an impacting way.

She wrote when times were simpler and love was valued. These days we hardly notice love because we’re too busy dashing about trying to accomplish “to-do” lists that are miles long, destroying our ability to relax and just be. Montgomery wrote about front porch discussions, tea parties, apple picking, snow walks, letters mailed by post and laughter. If you’ve read Montgomery at all you come to realize that she is very tongue-in-cheek and has a wicked sense of humor. She writes about people’s personalities which makes them believable and is quite frequently sarcastically funny. I love it! It’s my style.

In the last little while I’ve been re-reading some of my favorite Montgomery short stories and several of you have commented that you haven’t ever read Montgomery before or you haven’t read very widely. I think it’s time to change that, don’t you? Whether you are planning on reading the Anne books for the first time or the fiftieth time, or wanting to read about Emily, Pat or a variety of characters in her short stories, I hope you will read something of Montgomery’s.

I would love to start my year off right by traveling back to Prince Edward Island and tromping through fields of Queen Anne’s lace. I would like to watch another sunset next to the North Cape Lighthouse and . . . just be! I invite you to join me on this journey. Will you come?

The plan is simple

1. Pick the Montgomery book (or books!) that you most want to read and then read them during the first few weeks of January. I’ll have a Mr. Linky up on January 1st through January 9th for you to link up to if you plan on participating in this challenge. All you need to have prepared on January 1st (or shortly thereafter) is a blog post pointing people back to the Mr. Linky post and challenge. If you’d like to say which books of Montgomery’s you plan on reading during the challenge, do so then! There are a great many to choose from.

2. Come back on Friday, January 30th, 2009 and link up however many Montgomery related reviews/posts you like.

3. Visit around and see what everyone else had to say about the Montgomery books that they read and learn as much as you can about Montgomery and her writings. Visit with people about what they read and why. Fellowship and just be in this different world.

Why am I doing this? Because I love Montgomery and I think her writing is valuable and relevant. Also, I don’t want to read her alone. (I mean, I would, but I don’t really want to if I can have company along the way!) Let’s do this together and start the year off in a magical way.

Will you join me? Hope so! SPREAD THE WORD and see you back here on January 1st!

via Reading to Know: Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge.