Anne of Ingleside

Anne of Ingleside is L.M. Montgomery’s twenty-fourth book, first published in July 1939 by McClelland and Stewart (Toronto) and the Frederick A. Stokes Company (New York). It is the tenth of eleven books to feature Montgomery’s protagonist Anne Shirley Blythe, preceded by Anne of Green Gables (1908), Anne of Avonlea (1909), Chronicles of Avonlea (1912), and Anne of the Island (1915), Anne’s House of Dreams (1917), Rainbow Valley (1919), Further Chronicles of Avonlea (1920), Rilla of Ingleside (1921), and Anne of Windy Poplars (1936), and followed by The Blythes Are Quoted (2009). It is also the last of her books to be published in her lifetime.

In Anne of Ingleside, Montgomery backtracks to the gap between Anne’s House of Dreams and Rainbow Valley, focusing the period when Anne and Gilbert’s children are young. Although in many ways a lighthearted book, the chapters show adult and child characters being disillusioned by misunderstandings or by cruel or insensitive people around them. The novel was published just a few months before the start of the Second World War.


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The novel consists of forty-one untitled chapters. The UK edition of the text divides the chapters differently, for a total of forty-three untitled chapters.

Reviews of Anne of Ingleside (25)

Greensboro (NC) News, 30 July 1939 (E.M.W., “Anne of Ingleside Is Family Story”). Scrapbook of Reviews, loose pages.

New York Herald Tribune Books, 30 July 1939, Section 9, 9 (Lisle Bell). The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 346 (as “[Anne and Her Offspring]”).

New York Times Book Review, 30 July 1939, 7 (Jane Spence Southron, “After Green Gables”). Children’s Literature Review, edited by Gerard J. Senick (Detroit: Gale, 1985), 8: 139–40 (excerpted).

San Diego Union, 6 August 1939, 7C (M.R.M., “Anne, Antidote for Dizzy Age”).

Press-Herald (Portland, ME), 12 August 1939. Scrapbook of Reviews, loose pages. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 346 (as “[Same Old Charm]”).

Times Literary Supplement (London), 12 August 1939, 477.

Guardian (Charlottetown), 19 August 1939, 4. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 346–47 (as “[Always an Event]”).

Oakland Tribune, 20 August 1939 (“‘Anne of Ingleside’ Is Well Told Story of Popular Series”). Scrapbook of Reviews, loose pages.

Buxton Advertiser (UK), 26 August 1939. Scrapbook of Reviews, loose pages. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 347 (as “[Family Love in Its Perfection]”).

Globe and Mail (Toronto), 26 August 1939, 27 (“Anne’s Children”). The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 348.

Avalanche Journal (Lubbock, TX), 27 August 1939, 26. Also, signed The Bookie, in Altoona (PA) Mirror, 28 July 1939, 4.

Plain Dealer (Cleveland), 30 July 1939, 59 (Ted Robinson).

Windsor (ON) Daily Star, 26 August 1939, Second Section, 3 (Barbara Carritte, “Anne Scores Again”).

Winnipeg Free Press, 2 September 1939, 6. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 348 (as “[Mild Emotional Adventures]”).

Pittsburgh Press, 3 September 1939, Society Section, 10 (“Anne’s Married Life Told in Newest Book”).

Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City), 3 September 1939, 6D (A.M.S., “Fiction’s Most Lovable Child in Adulthood”).

Sunday Times (Johannesburg, South Africa), 10 September 1939. Scrapbook of Reviews, loose pages. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 349 (as “[Another Charming Instalment]”).

Springfield (MA) Republican, 24 September 1939, 7E (“Heroine’s Children”).

Christian World (London), 28 September 1939. Scrapbook of Reviews, loose pages. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 349 (as “[A Worthy Successor]”).

University of Toronto Quarterly 9, no. 3 (October 1939): 289–301 (J.R. MacGillivray). The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 349–50 (as “[Confusing Genealogy]”).

Evening Post (Wellington, New Zealand), 14 October 1939, 21.

Saturday Night (Toronto), 11 November 1939, 8 (Laura Mason, “Canadian Idyll”). The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 350 (as “[Commonplace, If Pretty]”).

Auckland Star (New Zealand), 18 November 1939, Colour Section, 3. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 351 (as “[As Delightful as Ever]”).

Lethbridge Herald, 16 December 1939, 6.

Calgary Herald, 10 February 1940, 26 (J.E.W.). The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 351 (as “[Mirrors in Which We See Ourselves]”).