The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1901–1911

Editors: Mary Henley Rubio and Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
Paratexts: Introduction and notes by Mary Henley Rubio and Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
Publisher: Oxford University Press (Don Mills, ON)
Date: 2013
Pagination: viii + 434 pp.
Format: Jacketed hardcover
Trim: 6” x 9”
ISBN: 978-0-19-900211-5

The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1901–1911 is an unabridged and annotated edition of L.M. Montgomery’s journals that she kept from ages twenty-six to thirty-six while living in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. It was edited and introduced by Mary Henley Rubio and Elizabeth Hillman Waterston and published by Oxford University Press as a jacketed hardcover in February 2013. Not only does it follow The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889–1900 (2012), but it supplements The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery, Volume 1: 1889–1910 (1985), also edited by Rubio and Waterston, who at the time were directed to abridge Montgomery’s journal text by fifty per cent. This volume was followed by L.M. Montgomery’s Complete Journals: The Ontario Years, 1911–1917, edited by Jen Rubio, appearing in June 2016.

From the Back Cover

The second book of L.M. Montgomery’s unabridged journals picks up at the start of a new century, painting a more intimate portrait of Montgomery’s early adult life than has ever been available before. This continuation of Montgomery’s life story covers her final years on Prince Edward Island, including her work as a newspaper editor in Halifax, Nova Scotia; the death of her grandmother; her marriage to a local clergyman; and the publication of Anne of Green Gables – the book that would propel her into a lifetime of literary fame.

From the Dust Jacket

L.M. Montgomery (1874–1942) began keeping a detailed record of her life at age fifteen. First published in 1985, The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery, Volume I: 1889–1910 removed half of her original material to maintain a tightly organized, fast-paced narrative. Now appearing for the first time in their entirety, Montgomery’s complete journals reveal a complex, fascinating, and often conflicted personality. Her own photographs, newspaper clippings, and postcards provide a rich, vivid visual narrative – all with Montgomery’s original placement and captions. The journals document her reflections on writing, her increasingly problematic mood swings and feelings of isolation, and her changing relationship with the world around her, particularly that of Prince Edward Island.

Contents

Acknowledgements (v)

Introduction / Mary Henley Rubio and Elizabeth Hillman Waterston (vii–viii)

Journal, Volume II: January 5, 1901 – February 7, 1910 (1–283)

1901 (2–40)

1902 (41–63)

1903 (64–90)

1904 (91–115)

1905 (116–44)

1906 (145–64)

1907 (165–79)

1908 (180–208)

1909 (209–46)

1910 (247–335)

Journal, Volume III: February 11, 1910 – March 12, 1916 (285–420)

1911 (336–420)

Illustrations (421–24)

Index (425–34)

Reviews

Reviews by Sarah Emsley, Faye Hammill, Benjamin LefebvreEmily Aoife Somers, and Evelyn C. White.