Anne’s House of Dreams

Cover art for Anne’s House of Dreams, published by McClelland, Goodchild and Stewart (Canada) and Frederick A. Stokes Company (USA) in 1917.

Anne’s House of Dreams is L.M. Montgomery’s ninth book, first published in August 1917 by McClelland, Goodchild, and Stewart (Toronto) and the Frederick A. Stokes Company (New York). It is the fifth 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), and followed by Rainbow Valley (1919), Further Chronicles of Avonlea (1920), Rilla of Ingleside (1921), Anne of Windy Poplars (1936), Anne of Ingleside (1939), and The Blythes Are Quoted (2009). It was also preceded by The Watchman and Other Poems (1916).

After Anne and Gilbert are finally married at Green Gables, they settle sixty miles away in Glen St. Mary, where they soon become acquainted with their new neighbours: Captain Jim, who keeps the lighthouse; Miss Cornelia Bryant, who is outspoken about her hatred of men; and Leslie Moore, into whose troubled life Anne and Gilbert intervene. Although still set in the final years of the nineteenth century, the novel very much reflects the time period in which it was published, with the shadow of the Great War looming over Montgomery as she wrote.

Anne’s House of Dreams was the first of Montgomery’s novels to be published by joint arrangement with McClelland, Goodchild, and Stewart (now McClelland and Stewart) in Canada and the Frederick A. Stokes Company in the United States, although her book of poems The Watchman and Other Poems was also published by a similar arrangement.


                                                     “Our kin
Have built them temples, and therein
pray to the gods we know; and dwell
in little houses lovable.”
Rupert Brooke


in memory of the
olden time


I. In the Garret of Green Gables

II. The House of Dreams

III. The Land of Dreams Among

IV. The First Bride of Green Gables

V. The Home Coming

VI. Captain Jim

VII. The Schoolmaster’s Bride

VIII. Miss Cornelia Bryant Comes to Call

IX. An Evening at Four Winds Point

X. Leslie Moore

XI. The Story of Leslie Moore

XII. Leslie Comes Over

XIII. A Ghostly Evening

XIV. November Days

XV. Christmas at Four Winds

XVI. New Year’s Eve at the Light

XVII. A Four Winds Winter

XVIII. Spring Days

XIX. Dawn and Dusk

XX. Lost Margaret

XXI. Barriers Swept Away

XXII. Miss Cornelia Arranges Matters

XXIII. Owen Ford Comes

XXIV. The Life-Book of Captain Jim

XXV. The Writing of the Book

XXVI. Owen Ford’s Confession

XXVII. On the Sand-Bar

XXVIII. Odds and Ends

XXIX. Gilbert and Anne Disagree

XXX. Leslie Decides

XXXI. The Truth Makes Free

XXXII. Miss Cornelia Discusses the Affair

XXXIII. Leslie Returns

XXXIV. The Ship o’ Dreams Comes to Harbour

XXXV. Politics at Four Winds

XXXVI. Beauty for Ashes

XXXVII. Miss Cornelia Makes a Startling Announcement

XXXVIII. Red Roses

XXXIX. Captain Jim Crosses the Bar

XL. Farewell to the House of Dreams

Reviews of Anne’s House of Dreams (54)

Saint John (NB) Globe, 18 August 1917, 9. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 182 (as “[Charm and Action]”).

Globe (Toronto), 24 August 1917, 4 (John W. Garvin). Scrapbook of Reviews, 129. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 182–83 (as “[A Love-Nook in the Hearts of Innumerable Readers]”).

New York Times Book Review, 26 August 1917, 318. Scrapbook of Reviews, 115. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 183 (as “[Happenings and Vistas]”).

New York World, 26 August 1917 (“Her ‘House of Dreams’”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 114.

Trenton (NJ) Times-Advertiser, 26 August 1917, Part 2, 6.

Pittsburgh Chronicle Telegraph, 31 August 1917. Scrapbook of Reviews, 111.

The Bookseller, Newsdealer and Stationer (New York), 1 September 1917, 205.

Boston Herald, 1 September 1917, 10 (“More about Anne of Green Gables”).

Boston Post, 1 September 1917. Scrapbook of Reviews, 116.

Oakland Tribune, 2 September 1917, 18 (“Anne Shirley”). The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 184.

Times-Dispatch (Richmond, VA), 2 September 1917, 4.

Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 2 September 1917, C4 (Carmelite Janvier). The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 184–85 (as “[All the Elements of ‘Sixteen-ness’]”).

Cincinnati Enquirer, 3 September 1917. Scrapbook of Reviews, 116.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 8 September 1917. Scrapbook of Reviews, 123.

Morning Telegraph (New York), 8 September 1917 (Baird Leonard). Scrapbook of Reviews, 111.

New York Tribune, 8 September 1917, 5 (“Anne the Matron”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 112. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 185.

Oregonian (Portland), 9 September 1917, 11.

Chicago Daily Tribune, 15 September 1917, 7.

Evening Star (Washington, DC), 16 September 1917, Part 4, 2. Scrapbook of Reviews, 108. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 185–86 (as “[The Puzzling Business of Being Married]”).

Evening Post (New York), 22 September 1917 (“A Scotch-Canadian Village”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 109. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 186.

The Living Age (New York), 22 September 1917, 768.

Montreal Daily Herald, 24 September 1917 (“A New Anne Book”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 120. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 187–88.

Hartford (CT) Courant, 26 September 1917, 8. Scrapbook of Reviews, 108. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 188 (as “[More or Less Exciting Events]”).

Life (New York). 27 September 1917, 514. Scrapbook of Reviews, 107. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 188–89 (as “[Hard on the Shut-Outs]”).

Patriot (Harrisburg, PA), 29 September 1917, 10. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 189 (as “[A Gem of a Love Story]”).

Portland (ME) Express-Advertiser, 29 September 1917. Scrapbook of Reviews, 103.

The Family Herald and Weekly Star (Montreal), 3 October 1917, 3 (“Anne of Green Gables Finds Her House of Dreams”).

Troy (NY) Record, 3 October 1917. Scrapbook of Reviews, 105. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 189–90 (as “[Outside and Inside]”).

Mail and Empire (Toronto), 6 October 1917, 19 (“Pleasant Little Tale though Very Light”).

Baltimore American, 8 October 1917, 4.

Hartford (CT) Times, 20 October 1917 (“An Old Friend Again”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 101. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 190.

Philadelphia Record, 27 October 1917 (“‘Anne’ in New Story”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 106.

Everywoman’s World (Toronto), November 1917, 53. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 191 (as “[A Simple and Pleasant Story]”).

Wisconsin Library Bulletin (Madison), November 1917, 283.

The Canadian Churchman (Toronto), 1 November 1917, 698. Scrapbook of Reviews, 103. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 191 (as “[A Splendid Sequel]”).

North American (Philadelphia), 10 November 1917 (“Anne of Green Gables in Her New House of Dreams”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 99. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 192.

The Bookseller, Newsdealer and Stationer (New York), 15 November 1917, 696. Scrapbook of Reviews, 97. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 193 (as “[Meeting with Real People]”).

Chicago Continent, 15 November 1917 (“With Many a Sparkle”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 102 and 127. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 193.

Bellman (Minneapolis), 17 November 1917, 555. Scrapbook of Reviews, 98. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 194 (as “[Mr. Montgomery’s New Book]”).

Colorado Springs Gazette, 3 December 1917, 8.

The American Jewish Chronicle (New York), 7 December 1917, 141.

Spokane (WA) Chronicle, 8 December 1917 (“Montgomery Book Is Good Reading”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 95. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 194–95.

Queenslander (Brisbane, Australia), 29 December 1917, 3.

Plain Dealer (Cleveland), 24 February 1918, Pictorial-Feature Section, 14 (Carl T. Robertson).

The Scotsman (Edinburgh), 7 March 1918, 2. Scrapbook of Reviews, 124. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 195 (as “[Delightful and Womanly Novel]”).

Times Literary Supplement (London), 7 March 1918, 118. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 196 (as “[Fresh, Charming, but Sentimental Anne]”).

Globe (London), 9 March 1918 (“An Island Heroine”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 125. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 196.

San Jose Mercury Herald, 17 March 1918, 6.

Punch, or the London Charivari (London), 20 March 1918, 192. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 196–97 (as “[The Story of Anne’s Happy-Ever-After]”).

The Bookman (London), Spring 1918, 42.

The Athenaeum (London), April 1918, 205.

Liverpool Courier, 8 May 1918. Scrapbook of Reviews, 105.

The Saturday Review (London), 11 May 1918, 416 (“A Canadian Idyll”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 106. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 197–98.

Unidentified clipping, 22 June 1918 (“Another Story Concerning Anne”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 126.