The Alpine Path: The Story of My Career

“The Alpine Path: The Story of My Career” is a 25,000-word celebrity memoir that L.M. Montgomery published in six instalments in the Toronto magazine Everywoman’s World between June and November 1917. In this piece, by far the longest autobiographical essay she published within her lifetime, Montgomery narrates her childhood, her ancestry, and her literary ambitions, ending not with marriage but with a travelogue of her 1911 honeymoon in England and Scotland. This magazine edition also included twenty photographs and captions.

The memoir was first reissued in book form in 1974, the centenary of Montgomery’s birth, by Fitzhenry and Whiteside; this version, broken up into chapters, retained with a few exceptions the full text of the 1917 edition but omitted the photographs and captions; a Green Gables Edition, sold exclusively at Green Gables House in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, appeared in 2005 and followed the 1974 Fitzhenry and Whiteside text. A restored and annotated version of this text appears in A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917.

Bibliography

Montgomery, L.M. “The Alpine Path: The Story of My Career.” Everywoman’s World (Toronto), June 1917, 38–39, 41; July 1917, 16, 32–33, 35; August 1917, 16, 32–33; September 1917, 8, 49; October 1917, 8, 58; November 1917, 25, 38, 40.

Also as The Alpine Path: The Story of My Career. By L.M. Montgomery. N.p.: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, n.d. [1974].

Also as The Alpine Path: The Story of My Career. By L.M. Montgomery. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2005. Green Gables Edition.

Also in A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917, 231–311, 388–420.