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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. Follow this site on Facebook and Instagram. Contact me with questions and findings.

Benjamin Lefebvre

L.M. Montgomery (1874–1942) } { Chronology (1874–1942) }

The L.M. Montgomery Library

Cover of A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917
Cover of A World of Songs: Selected Poems, 1894–1921
Cover of /Twice upon a Time: Selected Stories, 1898–1939/, by L.M. Montgomery, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre. The top two-thirds of the cover depict framed images of Anne Shirley, a Caucasian woman with red hair, against a vintage blue wallpaper; the bottom third of the image includes the title, the author's name, and the editor's name against a beige background.

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, a volume of selected poems, and a volume of selected stories are currently available, while 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

A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917 } { A World of Songs: Selected Poems, 1894–1921 } { Twice upon a Time: Selected Stories, 1898–1939 }

Available for purchase worldwide from University of Toronto Press

Fully Restored Editions

Cover of the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, published by Penguin Books in 2017.
Cover of RILLA OF INGLESIDE (Viking Canada, 2010)
Cover of the Penguin Modern Classics Edition of THE BLYTHES ARE QUOTED, published by Penguin Canada in 2018.

These fully restored editions of L.M. Montgomery’s books contain authoritative texts as well as exclusive bonus materials for interested trade readers.

Anne of Green Gables (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) } { Rilla of Ingleside } { The Blythes Are Quoted }

Available for purchase worldwide from Penguin Random House Canada

The L.M. Montgomery Reader

Cover of The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 1: A Life in Print (paperback edition)
Cover of The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 2: A Legacy in Review (paperback edition)
Cover of The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 3: A Legacy in Review (paperback edition)

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

Volume 1: A Life in Print } { Volume 2: A Critical Heritage } { Volume 3: A Legacy in Review }

Available for purchase worldwide from University of Toronto Press

This page last updated on 20 April 2023. Please contact the site owner with additions, corrections, questions, and suggestions.