The Green Gables Letters from L.M. Montgomery to Ephraim Weber, 1905–1909

Editor: Wilfrid Eggleston
Paratexts: General Introduction and Epilogue by Wilfrid Eggleston
Country: Canada
Publisher: The Ryerson Press
Date: 1960
Pagination: vi + 102 pp.
Format: Jacketed hardcover

The Green Gables Letters from L.M. Montgomery to Ephraim Weber, 1905–1909 is a volume of selected letters from L.M. Montgomery to her longtime correspondent Ephraim Weber, written between 1905 and 1909. It was edited and introduced by Wilfrid Eggleston and published in January 1960 by The Ryerson Press. A second edition, with a new preface by the editor, was published by Borealis Press in 1981, with a trade paperback edition following in 1997.

From the Dust Jacket

An interesting sequence of letters, written by L.M. Montgomery early in the century, were found in 1956 among the papers of Ephraim Weber who was living in the West. Now lodged in the National Archives in Ottawa, the letters, reproduced here exactly as they were written, form a fascinating footnote to the history of Canadian letters.

These letters are of interest and importance not only because they were written during the years of gestation and birth and outstanding success of the book Anne of Green Gables, but also because they reveal a lively extrovert in an eminently healthy balance. This should prove an absorbing book, both to those adults who have nostalgic memories of “Anne,” and to writers who need encouragement in their struggle for literary recognition.

Contents

Preface to the Second Edition (v–ix)

Acknowledgements (n.pag.)

General Introduction (1–22)

The Letters (23–94)

Epilogue (95–102)

Reviews

Reviewed by S. Ross Beharriell, Arthur S. Bourinot, Dorothy Dumbrille, Desmond Pacey, D. Kermode Parr, Susan Patrick, John M. Robson, and R.E. Watters, as well as in Winnipeg Free Press.