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Anne of Green Gables: The Original Manuscript


Anne of Green Gables: The Original Manuscript is a transcript of L.M. Montgomery’s handwritten manuscript of Anne of Green Gables, edited and annotated by Carolyn Strom Collins. It was published by Nimbus Publishing (Halifax) in July 2019.

From the Cover

The beloved classic from L.M. Montgomery’s pen. Featuring, for the first time ever, scanned pages of her handwritten manuscript!

This fascinating book presents the original text of Montgomery’s most famous manuscript, including where the author scribbled notes, made additions and deletions, and other editorial details. For example: Diana was originally called Laura, and then Gertrude, before the author settled on Diana. L.M. Montgomery scholar Carolyn Strom Collins offers a rare look into Montgomery’s creative process, providing a never-before-published version of the worldwide phenomenon.

Differing from previous versions of Anne, this book provides a transcription of the text and notes from Montgomery’s original manuscript, and shows how they were integrated to form the full novel.

The culmination of years of research, Anne of Green Gables: The Original Manuscript is a necessary addition to any Montgomery lover’s collection.


Introduction (1–16)

Reader’s Guide to Symbols and Notes (17)

I. Mrs. Rachel Lynde Is Surprised (21–28)

II. Matthew Cuthbert Is Surprised (31–42)

III. Marilla Cuthbert Is Surprised (45–50)

IV. Morning at Green Gables (53–58)

V. Anne’s History (61–65)

VI. Marilla Makes Up Her Mind (67–71)

VII. Anne Says Her Prayers (73–76)

VIII. Anne’s Bringing-Up Is Begun (79–85)

IX. Mrs. Rachel Lynde Is Properly Horrified (87–93)

X. Anne’s Apology (95–101)

XI. Anne’s Impressions of Sunday-School (103–7)

XII. A Solemn Vow and Promise (109–13)

XIII. The Delights of Anticipation (115–19)

XIV. Anne’s Confession (121–28)

XV. A Tempest in the School Teapot (131–43)

XVI. Diana Is Invited to Tea with Tragic Results (145–53)

XVII. A New Interest in Life (155–59)

XVIII. Anne to the Rescue (161–68)

XIX. A Concert, a Catastrophe, and a Confession (171–80)

XX. A Good Imagination Gone Wrong (183–88)

XXI. A New Departure in Flavourings (191–99)

XXII. Anne Is Invited Out to Tea (201–4)

XXIII. Anne Comes to Grief in an Affair of Honour (207–13)

XXIV. Miss Stacy and Her Pupils Get Up a Concert (215–18)

XXV. Matthew Insists on Puffed Sleeves (221–29)

XXVI. The Story Club Is Formed (231–37)

XXVII. Vanity and Vexation of Spirit (239–45)

XXVIII. An Unfortunate Lily Maid (247–54)

XXIX. An Epoch in Anne’s Life (257–64)

XXX. The Queen’s Class Is Organized (267–77)

XXXI. Where the Brook and River Meet (279–84)

XXXII. The Pass List Is Out (287–93)

XXXIII. The Hotel Concert (295–303)

XXXIV. A Queen’s Girl (305–11)

XXXV. The Winter at Queen’s (313–17)

XXXVI. The Glory and the Dream (319–24)

XXXVII. The Reaper Whose Name Is Death (327–33)

XXXVIII. The Bend in the Road (335–42)

Acknowledgments (343)

Sources (345–46)

Further Reading (347–48)


Editor: Carolyn Strom Collins
Country: Canada
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing
Date: 2019
Format: Trade paperback
Pagination: 348 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-77108-721-6

Published on 15 December 2018; last updated on 20 February 2024. Please contact the site owner with additions, corrections, questions, and suggestions.