This version, on the evidence of Sunday’s two-hour opener, is not reverential, nor is it overcontemporized, but it affords Anne Shirley an agency that is formidable. . . . It imagines rather than remembers or reveres previous versions, no matter how beloved they were. This Anne should be approached and appreciated in the same spirit—it’s a sublimely reinvigorated Anne of Green Gables.
Today’s ad is for L.M. Montgomery’s interquel Anne of Windy Poplars, published in 1936 as the first of three later Anne books (to be followed by Anne of Ingleside in 1939 and The Blythes Are Quoted in 2009). It appeared in The Globe and Mail in December 1936.
This novel was adapted into a Hollywood film in 1940 and formed part of the basis of Kevin Sullivan’s 1987 miniseries Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel (which aired on the Disney Channel as Anne of Avonlea: The Continuing Story of Anne of Green Gables).
An article titled “The Heartbreaking Truth about Anne’s Creator,” written by Kate Macdonald Butler (Montgomery’s granddaughter), appears in today’s Globe and Mail (pp. F1, F6):
Despite her great success, it is known that she suffered from depression, that she was isolated, sad and filled with worry and dread for much of her life. But our family has never spoken publicly about the extent of her illness.
What has never been revealed is that L.M. Montgomery took her own life at the age of 67 through a drug overdose.
UPDATE: The full text of the article has been archived here.
My review of three new Anne books—Imagining Anne: The Island Scrapbooks of L.M. Montgomery, by Elizabeth Rollins Epperly; Before Green Gables, by Budge Wilson; and Looking for Anne: How Lucy Maud Montgomery Dreamed Up a Literary Classic, by Irene Gammel—appears in today’s The Globe and Mail on pages D1 and D9 of the Books section.
UPDATE: The review is no longer freely available on the Globe and Mail website, but the full text of the review can be found here.