A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917 is a collection of non-fiction and miscellaneous pieces by L.M. Montgomery that is edited by Benjamin Lefebvre. It includes the full text of a number of rarely seen items, including her earliest non-fiction publications, a newspaper column that she wrote for nine months while working at The Halifax Daily Echo, a story written by “J.C. Neville” that she pasted in her scrapbooks without claiming it as hers, and a restored edition of her celebrity memoir, “The Alpine Path: The Story of My Career.” These items are supplemented by an afterword that places Montgomery’s career within the context of English-speaking women authors in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as well as a preface, headnotes, and notes that provide literary and cultural context. The book will be published by University of Toronto Press as a trade paperback in September 2018 and as an unjacketed hardcover in October 2018.
A Name for Herself was first announced under the title Becoming L.M. Montgomery. It is the first volume in The L.M. Montgomery Library, to be followed by A World of Songs: Selected Poems, 1894–1921, with several more volumes in progress.
From the Publisher
Years before she published her internationally celebrated first novel, Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery (1874–1942) started contributing short works to periodicals across North America. While these works consisted primarily of poems and short stories, she also experimented with a wider range of forms, particularly during the early years of her career, at which point she experimented with several authorial identities before settling on the professional moniker “L.M. Montgomery.”
In A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917, the first in a series of volumes collecting Montgomery’s extensive periodical pieces, leading Montgomery scholar Benjamin Lefebvre collects the majority of these so-called “miscellaneous” pieces and discusses them in relation to the English-speaking women writers who preceded her and the strategies they used to succeed, including the decision to publish under a gender-neutral signature. Among the highlights of the volume are Montgomery’s contributions to student periodicals, a weekly newspaper column entitled “Around the Table,” a long-lost story narrated first by a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage and then by the man she wishes she had married instead, and a new edition of her 1917 celebrity memoir, “The Alpine Path.” Drawing fascinating links to Montgomery’s life writing, career, and fiction, this volume will offer scholars and readers alike an intriguing new look at the work of Canada’s most enduringly popular author.
List of Illustrations
A Note on the Author
A Note on the Text
Part 1: Early and Student Publications
Part 2: Maud Montgomery, Newspaper Woman
Part 3: The Upward Climb to Heights Sublime
“Outstanding scholarship! Few scholars are in the same league as Benjamin Lefebvre. This volume adds to the scholarship on Montgomery’s life and publications with extensive research tracking down the material Montgomery alluded to in her journals and included in clippings in her scrapbooks.”
—Lesley Clement, Department of English, Lakehead University
“Including rare travel narratives, personal essays, and newspaper columns written by L.M. Montgomery, Benjamin Lefebvre’s book sheds light on the wide range of styles apparent in Montgomery’s work, while also contextualizing these texts within the world of Canadian women’s writing at this period.”
—Margaret Steffler, Department of English Literature, Trent University
Editor: Benjamin Lefebvre
Paratexts: “A Note on the Author,” preface, “A Note on the Text,” afterword, headnotes, and notes by Benjamin Lefebvre
Publisher: University of Toronto Press (Toronto)
Date: September 2018/October 2018
Format: Trade paperback/unjacketed hardcover
Trim: 5.5” x 8.5”
Pagination: Approx. 480 pp.