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Book-Length Studies

This page lists 74 book-length studies on L.M. Montgomery (in whole or in part) published since 1924, arranged in reverse chronological order.


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2022 (1)

MacEachern, Alan, and Edward MacDonald. The Summer Trade: A History of Tourism on Prince Edward Island. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022. La collection Louis J. Robichaud/The Louis J. Robichaud Series.

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2021 (4)

Pfeiffer, Julie. Transforming Girls: The Work of Nineteenth-Century Adolescence. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2021. Children’s Literature Association.

See esp. chapter 1, “Defining the Backfisch,” 41–64; chapter 3, “Converting Girls into Women,” 93–116; chapter 5, “The Homesick Heroine,” 141–63.

Howey, Ann F. Afterlives of the Lady of Shalott and Elaine of Astolat. Cham, Switz.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. Arthurian and Courtly Cultures.

See esp. chapter 6, “Reading and Resisting: The Lady/Elaine in Young People’s Literature,” 235–74.

Staines, David. A History of Canadian Fiction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021.

See esp. chapter 2, “From Romance towards Realism,” 21–57; chapter 5, “The Second Feminist Wave,” 118–50.

Perkins, Mitali. Steeped in Stories: Timeless Children’s Novels to Refresh Our Tired Souls. Minneapolis: Broadleaf Books, 2021.

See esp. chapter 3, “Rigidity and Love: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery,” 45–66.

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2020 (4)

Lee, Katja. Limelight: Canadian Women and the Rise of Celebrity Autobiography. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2020.

See esp. chapter 1, “The Changing Faces of Fame in Canada,” 49–117; chapter 2, “Strictly Professional: An Age of Image Control, 1890–1930,” 121–69; chapter 3, “The Rise of the Private Life: When Offstage Moved Onstage, 1930–1980,” 171–223.

Owen, Gabrielle. A Queer History of Adolescence: Developmental Pasts, Relational Futures. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2020.

See esp. chapter 3: “Perverse Reading and the Adolescent Reader,” 99–135.

Clark, Penney, and Alan Sears. The Arts and the Teaching of History: Historical F(r)ictions. Cham, Switz.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

See esp. chapter 3, “Historical F(r)ictions: Fiction and History Education,” 87–125.

Stiles, Anne. Children’s Literature and the Rise of “Mind Cure”: Positive Thinking and Pseudo-Science at the Fin de Siècle. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.

See esp. introduction, 1–23; chapter 5, “Sunshine and Shadow: New Thought in Anne of Green Gables,” 115–54; “Epilogue: The Cinematic Afterlife of New Thought Fiction,” 187–98.

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2019 (1)

Roy, Wendy. The Next Instalment: Serials, Sequels, and Adaptations of Nellie L. McClung, L.M. Montgomery, and Mazo de la Roche. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2019.

See esp. part 2, “L.M. Montgomery, Anne, and Other Sequel Heroines,” 105–215.

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2018 (1)

Smith, Michelle J., Kristine Moruzi, and Clare Bradford. From Colonial to Modern: Transnational Girlhood in Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand Children’s Literature, 1840–1940. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018.

See esp. chapter 5, “Environment and the Natural World,” 97–116; chapter 6, “Race and Texts for Girls,” 117–44; chapter 7, “Work and Education,” 147–77; chapter 8, “Girlhood and Coming of Age during the First World War,” 178–200; chapter 9, “Modernity and the Nation,” 201–30; chapter 10, “Conclusion,” 231–40.

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2014 (1)

McCabe, Nancy. From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2014.

See chapter 10, “Prince Edward Island: Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne Books,” 173–200.

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2013 (1)

McDonald-Rissanen, Mary. In the Interval of the Wave: Prince Edward Island Women’s Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Life Writing. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013.

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2012 (1)

Parkes, Christopher. Children’s Literature and Capitalism: Fictions of Social Mobility in Britain, 1850–1914. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature.

See esp. “The Female Life History and the Labour Market: Anne of Green Gables and Anne’s House of Dreams,” 168–86.

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2011 (2)

Fisher, Susan R. Boys and Girls in No Man’s Land: English-Canadian Children and the First World War. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.

See esp. chapter 7, “But What Can a Girl Do?,” 183–216; chapter 8, “A War for Modern Readers,” 217–45.

Sanders, Joe Sutliff. Disciplining Girls: Understanding the Origins of the Classic Orphan Girl Story. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.

See esp. chapter 6, “Anne of Green Gables and the Return of Affective Discipline,” 89–96; chapter 9, “Emily of New Moon and the Private Girl,” 120–42.

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2010 (1)

Gerson, Carole. Canadian Women in Print 1750–1918. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010.

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2009 (2)

Baker, Deirdre. L.M. Montgomery at Her Finest and Funniest: How Montgomery Has Kept Us Laughing for a Hundred Years. Toronto: Toronto Public Library, 2009. The Helen E. Stubbs Memorial Lectures 21.

Beckett, Sandra L. Crossover Fiction: Global and Historical Perspectives. New York: Routledge, 2009. Children’s Literature and Culture.

See esp. chapter 1, “Adult-to-Child Crossover Fiction,” 17–60.

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2008 (5)

Galway, Elizabeth A. From Nursery Rhymes to Nationhood: Children’s Literature and the Construction of Canadian Identity. New York: Routledge, 2008. Children’s Literature and Culture.

See esp. chapter 2, “Forest, Prairie, Sea, and Mountain: Canadian Regionalism,” 33–42.

Epperly, Elizabeth Rollins. Imagining Anne: The Island Scrapbooks of L.M. Montgomery. Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2008. 100 Years of Anne.

Also as Imagining Anne: L.M. Montgomery’s Island Scrapbooks. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2019.

Waterston, Elizabeth. Magic Island: The Fictions of L.M. Montgomery. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Gammel, Irene. Looking for Anne: How Lucy Maud Montgomery Dreamed Up a Literary Classic. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2008.

Paperback edition, with a new afterword: Key Porter Books, 2009 [2010].

Also as Looking for Anne of Green Gables: The Story of L.M. Montgomery and Her Literary Classic. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2008. Paperback edition, [2010].

Edwards, Owen Dudley. British Children’s Fiction in the Second World War. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008.

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2007 (3)

Epperly, Elizabeth Rollins. Through Lover’s Lane: L.M. Montgomery’s Photography and Visual Imagination. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007.

York, Lorraine. Literary Celebrity in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007.

See esp. chapter 2, “Earlier Literary Stardom in Canada,” 32–98.

Hammill, Faye. Women, Celebrity, and Literary Culture between the Wars. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2007. Literary Modernism Series.

See esp. introduction, 1–26; chapter 4, “‘Astronomers Located Her in the Latitude of Prince Edward Island’: L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, and Early Hollywood,” 100–23.

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2006 (1)

Quaile, Deborah. L.M. Montgomery: The Norval Years, 1926–1935. N.p.: Wordbird Press, 2006.

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2005 (4)

Mount, Nick. When Canadian Literature Moved to New York. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005. Studies in Book and Print Culture.

Paperback edition: University of Toronto Press, 2006.

See esp. chapter 4, “The New Romantics,” 98–136; chapter 5, “Exodus Lost,” 137–63.

Seelye, John. Jane Eyre’s American Daughters: From The Wide, Wide World to Anne of Green Gables; A Study of Marginalized Maidens and What They Mean. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2005.

Egoff, Sheila, with Wendy K. Sutton. Once upon a Time: My Life with Children’s Books. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2005.

Johnstone, Archibald Hynd. Lucy Maud Montgomery Remembered. Tyne Valley, PE: Hear to Serve Publications, 2005.

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2003 (2)

Sheckels, Theodore F. The Island Motif in the Fiction of L.M. Montgomery, Margaret Laurence, Margaret Atwood, and Other Canadian Women Novelists. New York: Peter Lang, 2003. Studies on Themes and Motifs in Literature 68.

See esp. chapter 1, “Introduction,” 1–18; chapter 2, “Redemptive Retreats: L.M. Montgomery’s ‘Anne Books’; L.M. Montgomery’s Jane of Lantern Hill; Marian Engel’s Bear,” 19–43; chapter 6, “Trapped in Fantasy: L.M. Montgomery’s ‘Pat Books’; L.M. Montgomery’s Magic for Marigold,” 133–48; chapter 8, “Once More to the Island,” 181–90.

Holmlund, Mona, and Gail Youngsberg. Inspiring Women: A Celebration of Herstory. Regina: Coteau Books, 2003.

See esp. chapter 6, “Voices and Visions,” 209–50.

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2001 (2)

Waterston, Elizabeth. Rapt in Plaid: Canadian Literature and Scottish Tradition. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001.

See esp. chapter 7, “Barrie, Montgomery, and the Mists of Sentiment,” 175–91.

MacEachern, Alan. Natural Selections: National Parks in Atlantic Canada, 1935–1970. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001.

See esp. chapter 4, “The Greening of Green Gables: Establishing Prince Edward Island National Park, ca. 1936,” 73–97, 261–66.

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2000 (1)

Karr, Clarence. Authors and Audiences: Popular Canadian Fiction in the Early Twentieth Century. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2000.

See esp. chapter 1, “Five Authors in a Modern World,” 3–25; chapter 3, “Apprenticeships, Writing, and Careers,” 41–57; chapter 4, “Authors, Publishers, and Agents,” 58–79; chapter 8, “Lucy Maud Montgomery and Anne,” 124–37; chapter 11, “Books and Movies,” 170–88; chapter 12, “Being Canadian,” 189–204; “Conclusion: Journeys’ End,” 205–20.

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1998 (2)

Hutton, Jack, and Linda Jackson-Hutton. Lucy Maud Montgomery and Bala: A Love Story of the North Woods. Bala, ON: Bala’s Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery, [1998].

DuVernet, Sylvia. The Meaning of the Men and the Boys in the Anne Books. N.p.: n.p., 1998.

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1997 (1)

Rae, Arlene Perly. Everybody’s Favourites: Canadians Talk about Books That Changed Their Lives. Toronto: Viking, 1997.

See esp. chapter 6, “Emily of New Moon, Emily Climbs, Emily’s Quest,” 91–102.

Paperback edition: Penguin Books, 1998.

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1996 (1)

Pevere, Geoff, and Greig Dymond. Mondo Canuck: A Canadian Pop Culture Odyssey. Scarborough, ON: Prentice Hall Canada, 1996.

See esp. “Orphan Annie: Green Gables, Inc.,” 12–15.

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1995 (1)

Foster, Shirley, and Judy Simons. What Katy Read: Feminist Re-readings of “Classic” Stories for Girls. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press; London: Macmillan, 1995.

See esp. “L.M. Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables,” 149–71.

Excerpted in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Volume 140, edited by Janet Witalec, 318–28. Detroit: Gale, 2003.

Also in Children’s Literature Review, Volume 145, edited by Tom Burns, 109–20. Detroit: Gale, 2009.

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1993 (2)

Waterston, Elizabeth. Kindling Spirit: L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. Toronto: ECW Press, 1993. Canadian Fiction Studies 19.

DuVernet, Sylvia. L.M. Montgomery on the Red Road to Reconstruction: A Survey of Her Novels. N.p.: n.p., 1993.

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1992 (3)

Epperly, Elizabeth Rollins. The Fragrance of Sweet-Grass: L.M. Montgomery’s Heroines and the Pursuit of Romance. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992.

Paperback edition: University of Toronto Press, 1993.

New edition, with a new preface: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Wiggins, Genevieve. L.M. Montgomery. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1992. Twayne’s World Authors Series 834: Children’s Literature.

Chapter 2, “‘Born of True Love’: Anne of Green Gables,” excerpted in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Volume 140, edited by Janet Witalec, 301–12. Detroit: Gale, 2003.

Waterston, Elizabeth. Children’s Literature in Canada. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1992. Twayne’s World Authors Series 823: Children’s Literature.

See esp. chapter 8, “Girls’ Choice,” 110–28.

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1991 (1)

Schwarz-Eisler, Hanna. L.M. Montgomery: A Popular Canadian Writer for Children. Pfaffenweiler, Germany: Centaurus–Verlagsgesellschaft, 1991.

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1990 (1)

Egoff, Sheila, and Judith Saltman. The New Republic of Childhood: A Critical Guide to Canadian Children’s Literature in English. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1990.

See esp. chapter 1, “Canadian Children’s Literature and How It Grew,” 1–19; chapter 2, “Realistic Fiction,” 20–87; chapter 11, “Canadian Publishing for Children and How It Grew,” 306–14.

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1988 (3)

MacLulich, T.D. Between Europe and America: The Canadian Tradition in Fiction. N.p.: ECW Press, 1988.

See esp. chapter 3, “From Kailyard to Canada,” 61–86; chapter 4, “The Arrival of Modernism,” 87–116.

DuVernet, Sylvia. Theosophic Thoughts Concerning L.M. Montgomery: Including a “Conference” Concerning The Ladies of Missalonghi and The Blue Castle. N.p.: DuVernet, 1988.

New, enlarged third edition: Minding the Spirit: Theosophic Thoughts Concerning L.M. Montgomery. DuVernet, 1993.

DuVernet, Sylvia. L.M. Montgomery and the Mystique of Muskoka. N.p.: DuVernet, 1988.

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1987 (1)

Saltman, Judith. Modern Canadian Children’s Books. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1987.

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1986 (1)

Cadogan, Mary, and Patricia Craig. You’re a Brick, Angela! The Girls’ Story 1839–1985. London: Victor Gollancz, 1986.

See esp. chapter 6, “Orphans and Golden Girls,” 89–110.

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1984 (1)

Stouck, David. Major Canadian Authors: A Critical Introduction. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1984.

See esp. “Appendix A: Guide to Other Writers,” 283–93.

Revised edition: University of Nebraska Press, 1988. See esp. “Appendix A: Guide to Other Writers,” 305–15.

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1981 (1)

Jones, Joseph, and Johanna Jones. Canadian Fiction. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1981. Twayne’s World Authors Series 630.

See chapter 3, “Kirby to Leacock,” 33–51.

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1975 (1)

Townsend, John Rowe. Written for Children. Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin; Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1975.

See chapter 6, “Domestic Dramas,” 76–89.

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1974 (1)

Bolger, Francis W.P. The Years before “Anne.” N.p.: The Prince Edward Island Heritage Foundation, 1974.

Excerpted in Children’s Literature Review, Volume 8, edited by Gerard J. Senick, 115. Detroit: Gale, 1985.

Paperback edition: Nimbus Publishing, 1991.

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1973 (1)

Waterston, Elizabeth. Survey: A Short History of Canadian Literature. Toronto: Methuen, 1973. Methuen Canadian Literature Series.

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1972 (1)

Thomas, Clara. Our Nature—Our Voices: A Guidebook to English-Canadian Literature, Volume 1. Toronto: New Press, 1972.

See esp. “Lucy Maude [sic] Montgomery, 1874–1942,” 76–78.

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1971 (1)

Gwyn, Sandra. Women in the Arts in Canada. Ottawa: Information Canada, 1971. Studies of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada.

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1969 (1)

Pacey, Desmond. Essays in Canadian Criticism 1938–1968. Toronto: The Ryerson Press, 1969.

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1967 (1)

Egoff, Sheila. The Republic of Childhood: A Critical Guide to Canadian Children’s Literature in English. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1967.

See “Early Canadian Children’s Books,” 292–309.

Excerpted in Children’s Literature Review, Volume 8, edited by Gerard J. Senick, 115. Detroit: Gale, 1985.

2nd ed.: Oxford University Press, 1975.

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1965 (1)

Rhodenizer, Vernon Blair. Canadian Literature in English. Montreal: Quality Press, 1965.

See esp. chapter 10, “Juvenile Literature,” 411–46; chapter 15, “Fiction,” 704–817.

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1952 (1)

Pacey, Desmond. Creative Writing in Canada: A Short History of English-Canadian Literature. Toronto: The Ryerson Press, 1952.

See esp. chapter 4, “The Early Twentieth Century: 1897–1920,” 82–99.

Revised edition: The Ryerson Press, 1961 (paperback edition, 1967). See esp. chapter 4, “The Early Twentieth Century 1897–1920,” 82–118.

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1951 (2)

Phelps, Arthur L. Canadian Writers. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1951.

See esp. chapter 11, “L.M. Montgomery,” 85–93.

Subsequent edition: Books for Libraries Press, 1972.

Excerpted in Children’s Literature Review, Volume 8, edited by Gerard J. Senick, 113–14. Detroit: Gale, 1985.

Palk, Helen. The Book of Canadian Achievement. Toronto: J.M. Dent and Sons, 1951.

See esp. “Anne of Green Gables,” 146–49.

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1946 (1)

Thomas, Clara. Canadian Novelists 1920–1945, Volume 1. Toronto: Longmans, Green and Company, 1946.

See esp. “Macdonald, Lucy Maude [sic] Montgomery,” 83–84.

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1930 (1)

Rhodenizer, V.B. A Handbook of Canadian Literature. Ottawa: Graphic Publishers, 1930.

See esp. chapter 12, “Other Novelists, Historical and Regional,” 95–102.

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1927 (1)

Pierce, Lorne. An Outline of Canadian Literature (French and English). Montreal: Louis Carrier and Company, 1927.

See esp. chapter 2, “The Novelists,” 15–44; chapter 3, “The Poets,” 45–109.

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1926 (2)

Stevenson, Lionel. Appraisals of Canadian Literature. Toronto: The Macmillan Company of Canada, 1926.

See esp. chapter 2, “The Status of Overseas Literature,” 26–42; chapter 7, “The Outlook for Canadian Fiction,” 124–37; chapter 9, “The Quality of Canadian Humour,” 147–59.

Deacon, William Arthur. Poteen: A Pot-Pourri of Canadian Essays. Ottawa: The Graphic Publishers, 1926.

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1924 (2)

MacMechan, Archibald. Head-Waters of Canadian Literature. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1924.

Subsequent edition, as The Headwaters of Canadian Literature: Canadiana House, 1968.

Logan, J.D., and Donald G. French. Highways of Canadian Literature: A Synoptic Introduction to the Literary History of Canada (English) from 1760 to 1924. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1924.

2nd ed.: McClelland and Stewart, 1928.

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