Anne’s House of Dreams

Cover art for Anne’s House of Dreams, published by McClelland, Goodchild and Stewart (Canada) and Frederick A. Stokes Company (USA) in 1917.

Anne’s House of Dreams is L.M. Montgomery’s ninth book, first published in August 1917 by McClelland, Goodchild, and Stewart (Toronto) and the Frederick A. Stokes Company (New York). It is the fifth 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), and followed by 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 The Watchman and Other Poems (1916).

This is the first novel by L.M. Montgomery to be published by joint arrangement with McClelland, Goodchild, and Stewart (now McClelland and Stewart) in Canada and the Frederick A. Stokes Company in the United States, although her book of poems The Watchman and Other Poems was also published by a similar arrangement. After Anne and Gilbert are finally married at Green Gables, they settle sixty miles away in Glen St. Mary, where they soon become acquainted with their new neighbours: Captain Jim, who keeps the lighthouse; Miss Cornelia Bryant, who is outspoken about her hatred of men; and Leslie Moore, into whose troubled life Anne and Gilbert intervene. Although still set in the final years of the nineteenth century, the novel very much reflects the time period in which it was published, with the shadow of the Great War looming over Montgomery as she wrote.

Epigraph

“Our kin / Have built them temples, and therein / pray to the gods we know; and dwell / in little houses lovable.” —Rupert Brooke

Dedication

“To Laura in memory of the olden time.”

Contents

1. In the Garret of Green Gables

2. The House of Dreams

3. The Land of Dreams Among

4. The First Bride of Green Gables

5. The Home Coming

6. Captain Jim

7. The Schoolmaster’s Bride

8. Miss Cornelia Bryant Comes to Call

9. An Evening at Four Winds Point

10. Leslie Moore

11. The Story of Leslie Moore

12. Leslie Comes Over

13. A Ghostly Evening

14. November Days

15. Christmas at Four Winds

16. New Year’s Eve at the Light

17. A Four Winds Winter

18. Spring Days

19. Dawn and Dusk

20. Lost Margaret

21. Barriers Swept Away

22. Miss Cornelia Arranges Matters

23. Owen Ford Comes

24. The Life-Book of Captain Jim

25. The Writing of the Book

26. Owen Ford’s Confession

27. On the Sand-Bar

28. Odds and Ends

29. Gilbert and Anne Disagree

30. Leslie Decides

31. The Truth Makes Free

32. Miss Cornelia Discusses the Affair

33. Leslie Returns

34. The Ship o’ Dreams Comes to Harbour

35. Politics at Four Winds

36. Beauty for Ashes

37. Miss Cornelia Makes a Startling Announcement

38. Red Roses

39. Captain Jim Crosses the Bar

40. Farewell to the House of Dreams