L.M. Montgomery’s Complete Journals: The Ontario Years, 1922–1925 is an unabridged and annotated edition of L.M. Montgomery’s journals that she kept from ages forty-seven to fifty-one, while living in Leaskdale, Ontario. Edited and introduced by Jen Rubio, the book will be published by Rock’s Mills Press as a trade paperback in April 2018. It is the sixth volume of Montgomery’s unabridged journals, preceded by The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889–1900 (2012) and The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1901–1911 (2013), edited by Mary Henley Rubio and Elizabeth Hillman Waterston, as well as L.M. Montgomery’s Complete Journals: The Ontario Years, 1911–1917 (2016), L.M. Montgomery’s Complete Journals: The Ontario Years, 1918–1921 (2017), and L.M. Montgomery’s Complete Journals: The Ontario Years, 1926–1929 (2017), also edited by Jen Rubio. This book supplements The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery, Volume 3: 1921–1929 (1992), also edited by Mary Rubio and Elizabeth Waterston, who at the time were directed to abridge Montgomery’s journal text.
From the Publisher
L.M. Montgomery’s final four years in Leaskdale were marked by an unpredictable, and often unmanageable, series of events. Her description of these events, as they often twisted in increasingly unexpected directions, makes for spellbinding reading.
From 1919, Montgomery’s life had been troubled by her husband’s recurring bouts of mental illness. During the years recounted in this volume, the upset caused by his mood disturbances is profound: “I dare not remain here alone with him if he continues like this,” she writes at one particularly low point. Other events added yet more complications to an already entangled life. A spurious lawsuit brought by a local farmer on Montgomery’s husband (claiming an enlarged prostate gland had been caused by a car collision) divided the community; Montgomery’s description of the trial, before and after, is riveting. Communities across Ontario were also deeply divided by Church Union, which came to a head in 1925. Her occasional eyebrow-raising comments about members of other denominations remind us that Montgomery was also a product of her time.
The first publication of Montgomery’s Ontario journals in 1987 contained only a selection of her entries. Published now for the first time is the complete record of her life from 1922 to 1925. Her writing about the events of her life is a mesmerizing account of the small and the large, the tragic and the humorous.