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A Western Eden

A Western Eden is a sketch of Saskatchewan that L.M. Montgomery published as an adolescent while living with her father and her stepmother in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. It appeared in the Prince Albert Times and Saskatchewan Review on 17 June 1891 and was reprinted in the Manitoba Daily Free Press (Winnipeg) a few weeks later, with her name appearing erroneously as “Lucy Ward Montgomery.” It appears in A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917.

Literary Allusions

Pagination is from A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917.

11   “Let others raise the song of praise … Hurrah for the new Dominion.”   From “Hurrah for the New Dominion,” a poem by Alexander McLachlan (spelled “McLauchlin”).

12   “forest primeval”   From Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie, an epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

13   “This is my own, my native land!”   From “The Lay of the Last Minstrel,” a poem by Sir Walter Scott.

13   “A full fed river winding swift / By herds upon an endless plain”   Properly, “And one, a full-fed river winding slow.” From “The Palace of Art,” a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

14   The Last of the Mohicans   A historical novel by James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851), published in 1826 and set during the French and Indian War of 1754–1763.

15   Joseph’s coat   See Genesis 37:3 (KJV): “Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.”

16   “A man is a man … The fruit of the soil”   From “To the West! To the West!,” a poem by Charles Mackay.

16   “God save our Queen and Heaven bless / The Maple Leaf forever”   From “The Maple Leaf Forever,” a song by Alexander Muir written in 1867 in honour of Confederation.


Montgomery, Lucy Maud. “A Western Eden.” Prince Albert Times and Saskatchewan Review, 17 June 1891, 4.

Also, by Lucy Ward Montgomery, in Manitoba Daily Free Press (Winnipeg), 4 July 1891, 3.

Also in The Years Before “Anne,” by Francis W.P. Bolger, 37–40, 47. N.p.: The Prince Edward Island Heritage Foundation, 1974.

Also in A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917, 11–16.