Anne of the Island

Anne of the Island is L.M. Montgomery’s seventh book, first published in 1915 by Boston publisher L.C. Page and Company. It is the fourth of eleven books to feature Montgomery’s protagonist Anne Shirley Blythe, preceded by Anne of Green Gables (1908), Anne of Avonlea (1909), and Chronicles of Avonlea (1912), and followed by 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 preceded by Montgomery’s sixth book, The Golden Road (1913).

The publication of Anne of the Island marked the end of a contract with her first publisher, L.C. Page and Company, that offered Montgomery a much lower royalty rate than what was standard at the time. When attempts to renegotiate the contract went nowhere, Montgomery named the Toronto firm of McClelland, Goodchild, and Stewart her primary publishers and literary agents, and soon placed her next book, The Watchman and Other Poems (1916), with them.

Epigraph

“All precious things discovered late
To those that seek them issue forth
For Love in sequel works with Fate,
And draws the veil from hidden worth.”
—Tennyson

Dedication

“To all the girls all over the world who have ‘wanted more’ about ANNE.”

Contents

I. The Shadow of Change

II. Garlands of Autumn

III. Greeting and Farewell

IV. April’s Lady

V. Letters from Home

VI. In the Park

VII. Home Again

VIII. Anne’s First Proposal

IX. An Unwelcome Lover and a Welcome Friend

X. Patty’s Place

XI. The Round of Life

XII. “Averil’s Atonement”

XIII. The Way of Transgressors

XIV. The Summons

XV. A Dream Turned Upside Down

XVI. Adjusted Relationships

XVII. A Letter from Davy

XVIII. Miss Josephine Remembers the Anne-Girl

XIX. An Interlude

XX. Gilbert Speaks

XXI. Roses of Yesterday

XXII. Spring and Anne Return to Green Gables

XXIII. Paul Cannot Find the Rock People

XXIV. Enter Jonas

XXV. Enter Prince Charming

XXVI. Enter Christine

XXVII. Mutual Confidences

XXVIII. A June Evening

XXIX. Diana’s Wedding

XXX. Mrs. Skinner’s Romance

XXXI. Anne to Philippa

XXXII. Tea with Mrs. Douglas

XXXIII. “He Just Kept Coming and Coming”

XXXIV. John Douglas Speaks at Last

XXXV. The Last Redmond Year Opens

XXXVI. The Gardners’ Call

XXXVII. Full-fledged B.A.’s

XXXVIII. False Dawn

XXXIX. Deals with Weddings

XL. A Book of Revelation

XLI. Love Takes Up the Glass of Time