I’m very pleased to announce the forthcoming publication, in paperback, of all three volumes of my award-winning critical anthology, The L.M. Montgomery Reader (Volume 1: A Life in Print; Volume 2: A Critical Heritage; Volume 3: A Legacy in Review) from University of Toronto Press. This project took up the bulk of my professional life over a five-year period, so I’m thrilled that all three volumes will be available in paperback soon.
Once again, the best way to order these books is from the University of Toronto Press website. Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3 are also available in hardcover and ebook formats.
The cover art features the covers of the first Canadian editions of Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, and Chronicles of Avonlea published by the Ryerson Press (Toronto) in 1942 and 1943; these copies are part of my personal collection.
Hello Benjamin; enjoyed your book A Life in Print, but only wished a more flattening photo of Maud was used; we know her life as bittersweet but there were many more lovely photos of her especially those with her beloved cats or in her garden.
Thanks for your comment, Anna! Because these three books are showcasing the public Montgomery (rather than the private Montgomery of her journals and letters), we chose that photo for the hardcover editions because it was a publicity photo that Montgomery had circulated publicly, rather than a private photo, and most of the remaining publicity photos had already been used on book covers before. For the paperback editions, we decided to forego images of Montgomery entirely and showcase covers of her books instead.
What an incredible achievement this must be for you. I cannot begin to imagine the level of pride you feel at seeing your work in print … and to have it be about such a worthy individual sweetens the feel of success!! Congrats!
Thank you so much! I really do appreciate it.
Congratulations, Ben. LMM is very lucky that you have recovered all this material through your exceptional research skills. So are the LMM scholars who can use it.
Thanks so much, Mary! I really appreciate it.
They’re lovely, Ben! They’re the covers I remember that my mother and aunt owned so they feel quite homey and connect us with that Canadian heritage even more deeply.
I’m glad you like them, Deb! I’m also glad that they chose to showcase these covers, not only because they were the first Canadian editions of her first books, but also because the publication of three of them coincided with Montgomery’s death.
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