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Anne of Green Gables (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, 2017)

Cover art for Anne of Green Gables (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, 2017)

The Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Anne of Green Gables was published in November 2017. Unlike most trade editions of the novel, which make numerous alterations to the original text in terms of spelling, hyphenation, punctuation, and usage, this edition reprints the full text of the original 1908 edition. It features a foreword by J. Courtney Sullivan as well an introduction, “A Note on the Text,” and “Suggestions for Further Reading” by Benjamin Lefebvre. It also reprints L.M. Montgomery’s 1915 essay “How I Began.” Cover art by Siobhán Gallagher.

From the Publisher’s Website

The beloved coming-of-age tale of a spunky heroine named Anne “with an E,” now for the first time as a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition. 

L.M. Montgomery’s novel Anne of Green Gables recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan mistakenly sent to a pair of siblings who intended to adopt a boy to help work on their farm in Prince Edward Island. Yet Anne’s quirky personality and good-natured spirit causes the siblings to grow to love her anyway, and soon the entire town falls for the precocious little girl with bright red hair.

Cherished by both children and adults, Anne of Green Gables is a celebration of fierce individualism, and the families we create, rather than the ones we are born into. This Deluxe edition is enhanced with a foreword by bestselling author J. Courtney Sullivan, and an introduction and suggestions for further reading by Benjamin Lefebvre, as well as a selection of early writing by L.M. Montgomery about the process of writing Anne.


Foreword by J. Courtney Sullivan (xi–xv)

Introduction by Benjamin Lefebvre (xvii–xxx)

Suggestions for Further Reading (xxxi–xxxiii)

A Note on the Text (xxxv–xxxvi)


How I Began” by L.M. Montgomery (325–27)


Paratexts: Foreword by J. Courtney Sullivan; Introduction, “Suggestions for Further Reading,” “A Note on the Text” by Benjamin Lefebvre; “How I Began” by L.M. Montgomery
Publisher: Penguin Books (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Date: 2017
Format: Trade paperback
Trim: 5.63” x 8.44”
Pagination: xxxviii + 327 pp.
ISBN: 9780143131854