Imagining Anne: The Island Scrapbooks of L.M. Montgomery

Author: Elizabeth Rollins Epperly
Country: Canada
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Series: 100 Years of Anne
Date: 2008
Pagination: 170 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-670-06687-2

Imagining Anne: The Island Scrapbooks of L.M. Montgomery is Elizabeth Rollins Epperly’s book-length study featuring reproductions of selected pages from two of L.M. Montgomery’s scrapbooks from 1893 to 1910, featuring a foreword by Adrienne Clarkson and an afterword by Francis W.P. Bolger. It was published as an unjacketed hardcover by Penguin Canada in February 2008, as part of Penguin’s 100 Years of Anne publishing program, which also included a new hardcover edition of Anne of Green Gables and a prequel, Before Green Gables, by Budge Wilson.

From the Back Cover

Celebrated author Lucy Maud Montgomery was an avid keeper of journals and scrapbooks, collecting mementoes that together form a portrait of a fascinating Canadian life more than one hundred years ago. Her Island scrapbooks, from the years 1893 to 1910, provide a revealing look into her world and her inspiration during the period when she created the beloved character of Anne Shirley, while living in Atlantic Canada as a college student, teacher, and writer. In celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the publication of Anne of Green Gables, Montgomery scholar Elizabeth Rollins Epperly has selected and annotated more than one hundred pages of these scrapbooks to produce a beautiful gift book for Montgomery readers, history buffs, and scrapbook enthusiasts.


Air Castles / L.M. Montgomery (n.pag.)

Timeline of Important Dates for L.M. Montgomery (n.pag.)

Foreword / Adrienne Clarkson (n.pag.)

L.M. Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables (1–2)

The Island Scrapbooks (3–4)

Editing the Scrapbooks (5–8)

The Blue Scrapbook, 1893 to 1897 (9–90)

The Red Scrapbook, 1890s to mid-1910 (91–167)

Afterword / Francis W.P. Bolger (168)

Selected References (169)

Acknowledgments (170)


Reviews by Margaret Bienert, Susan Lawrence, Benjamin Lefebvre, E. Holly Pike, and Sean Somers.