Anne of Ingleside is L.M. Montgomery’s twenty-fourth book, first published in July 1939 by McClelland and Stewart (Toronto) and the Frederick A. Stokes Company (New York). It is the tenth of eleven books to feature Montgomery’s protagonist Anne Shirley Blythe, preceded by Anne of Green Gables (1908), Anne of Avonlea (1909), Chronicles of Avonlea (1912), and Anne of the Island (1915), Anne’s House of Dreams (1917), Rainbow Valley (1919), Further Chronicles of Avonlea (1920), Rilla of Ingleside (1921), and Anne of Windy Poplars (1936), and followed by The Blythes Are Quoted (2009). It is also the last of her books to be published in her lifetime.
In this book, consisting of forty-one numbered chapters, Montgomery backtracks to the gap between Anne’s House of Dreams and Rainbow Valley, focusing on Anne and Gilbert’s children when they are young. Although in many ways a lighthearted book, the chapters show the children and Anne herself being disillusioned by misunderstandings or by cruel or insensitive people around them. The novel was published just a few months before the start of the Second World War.
The novel consists of forty-one untitled chapters. The UK edition of the text divides the chapters differently, for a total of forty-three untitled chapters.