A few weeks ago, I was thrilled when someone alerted me to the fact that L.M. Montgomery’s rediscovered final book, The Blythes Are Quoted, had been featured on a recent episode of Jeopardy!. It made my day, especially since neither the original 2009 edition or the 2018 Penguin Modern Classics Edition has been available outside Canada. The episode was posted to YouTube shortly after it aired, but unfortunately, it’s no longer available.
The website for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation posted earlier today a link to a CBC Radio segment that aired twenty-seven years ago today, on 14 August 1988, on the growing tension between Montgomery’s heirs and the makers of Anne-related commodities on Prince Edward Island—a tension that would lead to the creation of the Anne of Green Gables Licensing Authority (operated jointly by Montgomery’s heirs and by the Province of Prince Edward Island) in 1992.
The article claims that 14 August 1988 marked the eightieth anniversary of the publication of Anne of Green Gables, but this is incorrect: the book was published on 13 June 1908.
A lively article by Lindsey Palka on age discrepancies in the Anne books appeared this week on the website for The Toast.
Anne is usually described as the intelligent, cultured, beautiful wife of the doctor in Glen St. Mary, Prince Edward Island. But her mysterious origins may hold a key to the bizarre episodes of her time-traveling children.
The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889–1900, published earlier this year by Oxford University Press, has been included in this year’s The Globe 100, which includes “titles reviewers couldn’t put down, couldn’t stop talking about, and insist you stock up on, too.”
Here are some suggested sites for coverage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Tour of Prince Edward Island:
- Prince Edward Island Royal Tour (Prince Edward Island website)
- “L.M. Montgomery’s Granddaughter to Meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Prince Edward Island” (Canadian Newswire)
- “An Open Letter to the Duchess of Cambridge” (Indigo blog)
- “Dear Duchess: You really should see our Anne” (Globe and Mail)
- “A Literary Gift for Will and Kate” (CBC radio)
- “William and Kate Set for PEI Adventure” (CBC News)
- “Learn more about the Prince Edward Island sights the royals will see” (Charlottetown Guardian)
- “Beloved Anne of Green Gables Beckons the Duchess” (Globe and Mail)
Benjamin Lefebvre edits The Blythes Are Quoted (Penguin Canada, $25 cl., Oct.), a posthumous novel from L.M. Montgomery that features the author’s usual themes: adultery, misogyny, revenge, and murder.
An article about the L.M. Montgomery Christmas in Norval, which will be celebrated on Saturday, 29 November, appears in the Georgetown Independent & Free Press. It’s going to be a great celebration!
Jack Zipes, who wrote the introduction to a recent Modern Library edition of Anne of Green Gables, and Jennifer Holm, a two-time Newbery Honor recipient, talk about the novel on American University Radio. To listen to the Diane Rehm Show for 23 July 2008 on WAMUA 88.5 FM, click here. Thanks to Yuka for bringing this to our attention.