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Anne of Green Gables

Cover art for Anne of Green Gables, published by L.C. Page and Company in 1908.

Anne of Green Gables is L.M. Montgomery’s first, most celebrated, and best-known book, first published in June 1908 by L.C. Page and Company (Boston). It is the first of eleven books to feature Montgomery’s protagonist Anne Shirley Blythe, followed by Anne of Avonlea (1909), Chronicles of Avonlea (1912), Anne of the Island (1915), Anne’s House of Dreams (1917), Rainbow Valley (1919), Further Chronicles of Avonlea (1920), Rilla of Ingleside (1921), Anne of Windy Poplars (1936), Anne of Ingleside (1939), and The Blythes Are Quoted (2009).

The novel has been adapted numerous times for film, television, and stage, including a 1919 silent film, a 1934 “talkie” film, a 1965 stage musical that has remained a mainstay at the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown, a 1972 BBC Miniseries, a 1985 television miniseries from Sullivan Entertainment that launched a parallel Montgomery universe popularized through several television programs, a set of three telefilms from Breakthrough Productions, and the recent series Anne with an “E” (2017–2019). This novel has been reprinted in numerous formats and editions, translated into thirty-six languages, and abridged several times for younger readers. It has also been republished in the form of critical editions: The Annotated Anne of Green Gables (1997), edited by Wendy E. Barry, Margaret Anne Doody, and Mary E. Doody Jones; a Broadview edition (2004), edited by Cecily Devereux; and a Norton edition (2007), edited by Mary Henley Rubio and Elizabeth Waterston. A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of the novel, with a foreword by J. Courtney Sullivan and an introduction by Benjamin Lefebvre, was published in November 2017.

This novel has also been the focus of a tremendous amount of scholarship, including book-length studies such as Kindling Spirit: L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables (1993), by Elizabeth Waterston; Looking for Anne: How Lucy Maud Montgomery Dreamed Up a Literary Classic (2008), by Irene Gammel; as well as collections of essays such as Such a Simple Little Tale: Critical Responses to L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables (1992), edited by Mavis Reimer; 100 Years of Anne with an “e”: The Centennial Study of Anne of Green Gables (2009), edited by Holly Blackford, Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables (2010), edited by Irene Gammel and Benjamin Lefebvre, and Anne around the World: L.M. Montgomery and Her Classic (2013), edited by Jane Ledwell and Jean Mitchell.

Anne of Green Gables is worth a thousand of the problem stories with which the bookstores are crowded to-day, and we venture the opinion that this simple story of rural life in Canada will be read and reread when many of the more pretentious stories are all forgotten. There is not a dull page in the whole volume. . . .”
Globe (Toronto)

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“The good stars met in your horoscope,
Made you of spirit and fire and dew.”


To the memory of
My Father and Mother


I. Mrs. Rachel Lynde Is Surprised

II. Matthew Cuthbert Is Surprised

III. Marilla Cuthbert Is Surprised

IV. Morning at Green Gables

V. Anne’s History

VI. Marilla Makes Up Her Mind

VII. Anne Says Her Prayers

VIII. Anne’s Bringing-Up Is Begun

IX. Mrs. Rachel Lynde Is Properly Horrified

X. Anne’s Apology

XI. Anne’s Impressions of Sunday-School

XII. A Solemn Vow and Promise

XIII. The Delights of Anticipation

XIV. Anne’s Confession

XV. A Tempest in the School Teapot

XVI. Diana Is Invited to Tea with Tragic Results

XVII. A New Interest in Life

XVIII. Anne to the Rescue

XIX. A Concert, a Catastrophe, and a Confession

XX. A Good Imagination Gone Wrong

XXI. A New Departure in Flavourings

XXII. Anne Is Invited Out to Tea

XXIII. Anne Comes to Grief in an Affair of Honour

XXIV. Miss Stacy and Her Pupils Get Up a Concert

XXV. Matthew Insists on Puffed Sleeves

XXVI. The Story Club Is Formed

XXVII. Vanity and Vexation of Spirit

XXVIII. An Unfortunate Lily Maid

XXIX. An Epoch in Anne’s Life

XXX. The Queen’s Class Is Organized

XXXI. Where the Brook and River Meet

XXXII. The Pass List Is Out

XXXIII. The Hotel Concert

XXXIV. A Queen’s Girl

XXXV. The Winter at Queen’s

XXXVI. The Glory and the Dream

XXXVII. The Reaper Whose Name Is Death

XXXVIII. The Bend in the Road

Screen Adaptations

Anne of Green Gables (1919 film)

Anne of Green Gables (1934 film)

Anne of Green Gables (1956 television special)

Anne of Green Gables (1958 television special)

Anne of Green Gables (1972 television miniseries)

Akage no An (1979 animated series)

Anne of Green Gables (1985 television miniseries)

Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series (2000–2001 animated series)

Anne: Journey to Green Gables (2005 animated film)

Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (2008 telefilm)

L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables (2016 telefilm)

L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars (2017 telefilm)

Anne with an “E” (2017–2019 television series)

L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: Fire and Dew (2017 telefilm)

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