Anne of Green Gables First Edition Sets A Record

A first edition of the 1908 classic Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery has fetched $37,500 at an auction in New York City.  See the Montreal Gazette for details.

Although this “record” is for a “classic children’s novel”.   It was not the intent of the author to write a children’s novel so perhaps we can take this record with a grain of salt.


Free Anne of Green Gables Series Books Online

We have added the complete Anne of Green Gables Series to our website as free online books.

For the first time ever, Island Spirit PEI has combined the leading online encyclopedia, e-book and audio books of the Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery.

Our encyclopedia is Wikipedia.  It’s a “wiki”, a collective knowlege tool made by many hands.  It’s not the Bible of authority because of this but is also awsome in scope and a great place to start a search as Google will tell you.

Project Gutenberg is the largest collection of e-books online and also has audio books as well.

Librivox has mutiple narrators and an option to download the entire book as a compressed file. (.zip).

These sites along with much more Anne of Green Gables and L. M. (Lucy Maud) Montgomery content is available on our website. where we build all the best online into a one stop shop.

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 makes a very intersting list of literary heriones

8 Literary Heroines: Sisters Doin’ It For Themselves – by Sara Newton

Sara has put together a really nice review of inspiring literary heriones which inclued Anne Shirley of course.
I’m not familiar with Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell but the story is amazing.

Looking For Anne Review by Monica Stark

Looking for Anne review by January Magazine

Sunday, April 20, 2008

New this Month: Looking for Anne by Irene Gammel

If it seems like you’re suddenly hearing more about Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne Shirley, it’s because the first book in which Anne appeared, Anne of Green Gables, was published around this time one hundred years ago.

Earlier this year, we saw the publication of a brand new Anne book by Budge Wilson, Before Green Gables (Penguin Canada). Now noted biographer Irene Gammel brings us Looking for Anne (Key Porter Books) a brilliantly researched, in-depth and charming biography on both Lucy Maud Montgomery and her Titian-haired creation and brings us more than a few surprises. For example, we discover that Anne Shirley was as much a product of the zeitgeist as she was of innocent inspiration.

Author Gammel, who holds the research chair in modern literature and culture at Ryerson, tells us she was intrigued by the mystery that had surrounded Montgomery’s most famous literary creation. The book, Gammel writes, “was sparked by a paradox and a mystery.”

With over fifty million copies of the novel sold, a multi-million-dollar tourist industry, and countless adaptations of the novel and its sequels in musicals, movies, cartoons, dolls, and figurines, millions of fans know Anne Shirley intimately, but they know surprisingly little about how she came about. How can a work be so famous and yet its history so little known? We know more about other literary texts whose creation is shrouded in mystery, such as Cervantes’ Don Quixote, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Erye, than we know about Anne of Green Gables.

Gammel never manages to lift all the secrets, but she makes some pretty strong inroads. Fans and scholars of this enduring book will leave it knowing — or suspecting — much that had been in the dark before.


Irene is a former teacher of my wife Junko when they where at the University of Prince Edward Island.  Island Spirit PEI also had the honor of sponsoring the Ryerson Showcase : Anne of Green Gables Centenary which she lead. anne-of-green-gables-ryerson-showcase

Anne of Green Gables The Musical 101 Things You Didn’t Know

Anne of Green Gables - The Musical 101 Things You Didn"t Know

Anne of Green Gables - The Musical 101 Things You Didn"t Know $19.95

Along with Norman & Elaine Campbell author Ron Harron created Anne of Green Gables The Musical and has been involved with it for 52 years.  The 101 things format would make it a great coffee table book if the it wasn’t such a darn page turner.  It’s has some touchching tales, of the people who pass the torch contrasted with back, memorable pictures and lots of backstage antics.

The musical is Canada’s longest running and has been seen by over 3 million people.

Quote “My greatest achievement is this musical that has given jobs to ten thousand professional actors.

Best known to Canadians as his alter ego “Charlie Farquharson” with which he stared on 18 years of the Amercian TV show Hew Haw, written 12 novels and guest stared on such programs  as The Red Green Show an Royal Candian Air Farce.

Don has appeared done 6 shows on Broadway, 4 in London’s West End, 4 years of Shakespeare in 3 countries and 56 years of stand-up comedy.

One of the greatest friends of Prince Edward Island, nobody knows the musical like Don Harron or gives the straight goods with modesty and humour.

We are in your debt Mr. Harron.

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.

For The Munschkins: Canadian Children’s Lit: Four of Canada’s Best Writers for Children and Young Adults

Jenna Galley at gives her list of Canada’s greatest Children’s Literature Authors.   It’s hard for me to see L. M. Montgomery as a “children and young adults” author, Robert Munsch is great company.  He got me teary eyed as a child which is very impressive when you are only writting a few sentences a page.

For The Munschkins: Canadian Children’s Lit: Four of Canada’s Best Writers for Children and Young Adults.

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Welcome to our new community outlet.

Island Spirit PEI is an Anne of Green Gables shop.   We offer the best selection of Anne items online and are slowly updating our pictures and making videos that will be posted on this blog along with news, views and events from around Avonlea.

We hope to provide quality information and resources to our kindred spirits with this blog.  We would really appreciate your feedback on what you would like to see and learn about.

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