Rainbow Valley

Cover art for Rainbow Valley, published by McClelland and Stewart (Canada) and Frederick A. Stokes Company (USA) in August 1919.

Rainbow Valley is L.M. Montgomery’s tenth book, first published in August 1919 by McClelland and Stewart (Toronto) and the Frederick A. Stokes Company (New York). It is the sixth 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), Anne of the Island (1915), and Anne’s House of Dreams (1917), and followed by Further Chronicles of Avonlea (1920), Rilla of Ingleside (1921), Anne of Windy Poplars (1936), Anne of Ingleside (1939), and The Blythes Are Quoted (2009).

Although the novel is set in the first decade of the twentieth century, it was planned and most of it drafted in the midst of the First World War and published within a year of the war’s end. The shadow of the War looms over the adult and child characters in the book, which is dedicated to the memory of three young men in Montgomery’s community who died in battle.

Epigraph

“The thoughts of youth are long, / long thoughts.” —Longfellow

Dedication

To the memory of Goldwin Lapp, Robert Brookes, and Morley Shier, who made the supreme sacrifice that the happy valleys of their home land might be kept sacred from the ravage of the invader.

Contents

1. Home Again

2. Sheer Gossip

3. The Ingleside Children

4. The Manse Children

5. The Advent of Mary Vance

6. Mary Stays at the Manse

7. A Fishy Episode

8. Miss Cornelia Intervenes

9. Una Intervenes

10. The Manse Girls Clean House

11. A Dreadful Discovery

12. An Explanation and a Dare

13. The House on the Hill

14. Mrs. Alec Davis Makes a Call

15. More Gossip

16. Tit for Tat

17. A Double Victory

18. Mary Brings Evil Tidings

19. Poor Adam!

20. Faith Makes a Friend

21. The Impossible Word

22. St. George Knows All About It

23. The Good-Conduct Club

24. A Charitable Impulse

25. Another Scandal and Another “Explanation”

26. Miss Cornelia Gets a New Point of View

27. A Sacred Concert

28. A Fast Day

29. A Weird Tale

30. The Ghost on the Dyke

31. Carl Does Penance

32. Two Stubborn People

33. Carl Is—Not—Whipped

34. Una Visits the Hill

35. “Let the Piper Come”