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A Tangled Web (McClelland and Stewart, 1972)

This edition of A Tangled Web was published in 1972 by McClelland and Stewart (Toronto), one of five L.M. Montgomery titles released in paperback that year as part of the Canadian Children’s Favourites series, which was quickly renamed Canadian Favourites.

A Tangled Web/Aunt Becky Began It } { A Tangled Web/Aunt Becky Began It: Editions } { McClelland and Stewart } { 1970–1979 }

Cover of Canadian Children's Favourites edition of A Tangled Web, by L.M. Montgomery (McClelland and Stewart, 1972)
Cover of Canadian Favourites edition of A Tangled Web, by L.M. Montgomery (McClelland and Stewart, 1972)
Cover of A Tangled Web, by L.M. Montgomery, published by McClelland and Stewart in 1972 (both printings from 1972) as part of the Canadian Children’s Favourites series (later renamed the Canadian Favourites series). Cover artist unidentified; copies in site owner’s personal collection.


L.M. Montgomery


A Tangled Web





Publisher Location



McClelland and Stewart

Publication Date



Canadian Children’s Favourites/Canadian Favourites

Format (physical medium, format, dimensions/trim, pagination)

Print, trade paperback, 7 7/8” x 5 1/4”, x + 324 pp.

Back Cover Text

Uncle Pippin claimed that there was really nobody for a Dark to marry but a Penhallow, and nobody for a Penhallow to marry but a Dark. That is what had happened for generations, and it worked out well—until old Aunt Becky Dark died. Then came the question of who would inherit the most coveted family heirloom—a Dark or a Penhallow? It’s a complex web of familiar alliances and betrayals, old romances and new feuds—plus some riotous squabbles and general mayhem. The result is a lively family chronicle filled with sharply drawn portraits. And the climax is—what Aunt Becky probably intended.

Lucy Maud Montgomery’s fascinating accounts of the lives and romances of Anne, Emily, and other well-loved characters have achieved long-lasting popularity the world over. Born in 1874 in Prince Edward Island, Lucy Maud showed an early flair for story-telling. She soon began to have her writing published in papers and magazines, and when she died in Toronto in 1942 she had written more than twenty novels and a large number of short stories. Most of her books are set in Prince Edward Island, which she loved very much and wrote of most beautifully. Anne of Green Gables, her most popular work, has been translated into thirty-six languages, made into a film twice, and has had continuing success as a stage play. Lucy Maud Montgomery’s early home at Cavendish, P.E.I., where she is buried, is a much-visited historic site.


(i) [Half-Title Page]

(ii) By the Same Author

Magic for Marigold ¶ Emily’s Quest ¶ Blue Castle ¶ Emily Climbs ¶ Emily of New Moon ¶ Rainbow Valley ¶ Anne’s House of Dreams

(iii) [Title Page]

(iv) [Copyright Page]

Copyright (Canada) McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1931

Canadian Children’s Favourites Edition,
Copyright McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1972

(v) [Dedication]

(vi) [Blank]

(vii) Contents

(viii) [Blank]

(ix) [Half-Title Page]

(x) [Blank]

(1–324) Chapters 1–5


Dedication included. This edition initially appeared in 1972 with the series title “Canadian Children’s Favourites,” but in later printings the series name was changed to “Canadian Favourites.” One copy in my collection has “Canadian Favourites” and the date of 1972, so it’s possible that the series name was changed that year.

Printing History

Reprinted 1974, 1977




Copy of 1972 Canadian Children’s Favourites edition and of 1972 and 1977 Canadian Favourites reprints in the site owner’s personal collection.

This page last updated on 5 January 2022. Please contact the site owner with additions, corrections, questions, and suggestions.