Anne of Avonlea

Cover art for Anne of Avonlea, published by L.C. Page and Company in 1909.

Anne of Avonlea is L.M. Montgomery’s second book, first published in September 1909 by Boston publisher L.C. Page and Company. It is the second of eleven books to feature Montgomery’s protagonist Anne Shirley Blythe, preceded by Anne of Green Gables (1908) and followed by Chronicles of Avonlea (1912), Anne of the Island (1915), Anne’s House of Dreams (1917), Rainbow Valley (1919), Further Chronicles of Avonlea (1920), Rilla of Ingleside (1921), Anne of Windy Poplars (1936), Anne of Ingleside (1939), and The Blythes Are Quoted (2009). It was also followed by Montgomery’s third book, Kilmeny of the Orchard (1910).

Although legend suggests that Montgomery wrote Anne of Avonlea as a response to the runaway success of Anne of Green Gables, she actually was asked to produce a sequel immediately upon signing a contract for her first book. In fact, the publication of Anne of Avonlea was delayed by a few months because Green Gables continued to sell too well.

The novel was the basis for two television miniseries: the BBC production of Anne of Avonlea (which also borrowed from Anne of the Island) and the Sullivan Entertainment production Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel (which on the Disney Channel aired as Anne of Avonlea: The Continuing Story of Anne of Green Gables).

Epigraph

“Flowers spring to blossom where she walks / The careful ways of duty, / Our hard, stiff lines of life with her / Are flowing curves of beauty.” —Whittier

Dedication

“To my former teacher, Hattie Gordon Smith, in grateful remembrance of her sympathy and encouragement.”

Contents

I. An Irate Neighbour

II. Selling in Haste and Repenting at Leisure

III. Mr. Harrison at Home

IV. Different Opinions

V. A Full-fledged Schoolma’am

VI. All Sorts and Conditions of Men…and Women

VII. The Pointing of Duty

VIII. Marilla Adopts Twins

IX. A Question of Colour

X. Davy in Search of a Sensation

XI. Facts and Fancies

XII. A Jonah Day

XIII. A Golden Picnic

XIV. A Danger Averted

XV. The Beginning of Vacation

XVI. The Substance of Things Hoped For

XVII. A Chapter of Accidents

XVIII. An Adventure on the Tory Road

XIX. Just a Happy Day

XX. The Way It Often Happens

XXI. Sweet Miss Lavendar

XXII. Odds and Ends

XXIII. Miss Lavendar’s Romance

XXIV. A Prophet in His Own Country

XXV. An Avonlea Scandal

XXVI. Around the Bend

XXVII. An Afternoon at the Stone House

XXVIII. The Prince Comes Back to the Enchanted Palace

XXIX. Poetry and Prose

XXX. A Wedding at the Stone House