Welcome to L.M. Montgomery Online, a website for academics, researchers, readers, and fans interested in the life, work, and legacy of Canada’s most enduringly popular author, L.M. Montgomery (1874–1942). Although she is best known for her novels Anne of Green Gables (1908) and Emily of New Moon (1923), both of which have been adapted numerous times for stage and screen, her creative output consists of twenty-two additional books, including the rediscovered sequel The Blythes Are Quoted (2009), as well as over one thousand periodical pieces (short stories, poems, and miscellaneous pieces), hundreds of photographs, and over a dozen published volumes of journals and letters.
A growing international community of scholars and researchers has been interpreting all aspects of L.M. Montgomery, including adaptations and extensions in print, on screen, on stage, and as part of commodity culture. These researchers continue to find new ways to examine this body of work, in terms of empire and nation, sexuality and repression, performance and resistance, parody and allusion, space and place, memory and forgetting, as well as national and international appeal and reception.
I invite you to explore this website, which promises to keep up with the latest conversation. Whether you are an academic, a student, or a life-long reader of Montgomery’s work, I hope this resource will prove useful to you. Read and comment on the blog. Join the discussion on the L.M. Montgomery Readathon and check out the new Conversations about L.M. Montgomery initiative. Follow this site on Facebook and Twitter. Contact me with questions and findings.
The L.M. Montgomery Library
Now from University of Toronto Press: The L.M. Montgomery Library, a new set of books that collects Montgomery’s extensive periodical publications and makes them available to her worldwide twenty-first-century readership. A volume of selected writings and a volume of selected poems are currently available; a volume of selected stories will be published in spring 2022; and several more volumes are in progress.
“Lefebvre’s work on these volumes, to say nothing of his other Montgomery-related projects, demonstrates an intellectual curiosity and a commitment to scholarship in early Canadian literature that will guide students and scholars of Montgomery’s work for years to come.”
—Ceilidh Hart, Canadian Literature
“In this first volume of ‘The L.M. Montgomery Library,’ Benjamin Lefebvre collects and expertly annotates Montgomery’s non-fiction periodical writing, presenting it as a record of her literary apprenticeship. . . . The thirty-five instalments of her column ‘Around the Table,’ signed ‘Cynthia,’ are enthralling, . . . and A Name for Herself is worth the cover price for these pieces alone.”
—Faye Hammill, Times Literary Supplement
“As he did in the three-volume L.M. Montgomery Reader, Benjamin Lefebvre again shows himself to be a skilled and insightful editor. . . . [His] selections reveal Montgomery as a professional writer who deserves a strong and enduring presence in Canadian letters.”
—Rita Bode, University of Toronto Quarterly
Fully Restored Editions
These fully restored editions of L.M. Montgomery’s books contain authoritative texts as well as exclusive bonus materials for interested trade readers.
The L.M. Montgomery Reader
A tremendous resource for fans and scholars alike, the three-volume The L.M. Montgomery Reader gathers together a captivating selection of material, much of it recently rediscovered, on the life, work, and critical reception of one of Canada’s most enduringly popular authors.
“The depth of [Lefebvre’s] knowledge results in a work that is as comprehensible as it is comprehensive.”
—André Narbonne, American Review of Canadian Studies
“Lefebvre’s overall achievement in this Reader series is a masterful compilation of archival adeptness and exquisite editing that addresses, through collation, crucial source materials for specialists in Canadian literature and history through the iconic personage of Montgomery as she saw herself and as others saw her work.”
—Aoife Assumpta Hart, Canadian Literature
“For Montgomery completists, the Reader is irresistible. For those engaged in Montgomery studies or Canadian literature more generally, it is invaluable.”
—Anne Furlong, University of Toronto Quarterly