Emily of New Moon

Emily of New Moon is L.M. Montgomery’s thirteen book, first published in August 1923 by McClelland and Stewart (Toronto) and the Frederick A. Stokes Company (New York). It is the first of three books to feature Montgomery’s protagonist Emily Byrd Starr, followed by Emily Climbs (1925) and Emily’s Quest (1927). It was preceded by Rilla of Ingleside (1921), which Montgomery had vowed to be the last of the Anne books.

A television series based on Emily of New Moon and its sequels, starring Martha MacIsaac, Stephen McHattie, and Sheila McCarthy, was filmed in Prince Edward Island and aired between 1998 and 1999 and between 2002 and 2003.


Mr. George Boyd Macmillan
Alloa, Scotland
in recognition of
a long and stimulating friendship


I. The House in the Hollow

II. A Watch in the Night

III. A Hop out of Kin

IV. A Family Conclave

V. Diamond Cut Diamond

VI. New Moon

VII. The Book of Yesterday

VIII. Trial by Fire

IX. A Special Providence

X. Growing Pains

XI. Ilse

XII. The Tansy Patch

XIII. A Daughter of Eve

XIV. Fancy Fed

XV. Various Tragedies

XVI. Check for Miss Brownell

XVII. Living Epistles

XVIII. Father Cassidy

XIX. Friends Again

XX. By Aerial Post

XXI. “Romantic but not Comfortable”

XXII. Wyther Grange

XXIII. Deals with Ghosts

XXIV. A Different Kind of Happiness

XXV. “She Couldn’t Have Done It”

XXVI. On the Bay Shore

XXVII. The Vow of Emily

XXVIII. A Weaver of Dreams

XXIX. Sacrilege

XXX. When the Curtain Lifted

XXXI. Emily’s Great Moment

Reviews of Emily of New Moon (22)

New York Times Book Review and Magazine, 26 August 1923, 24, 26. Children’s Literature Review, edited by Gerard J. Senick (Detroit: Gale, 1985), 8: 138 (excerpted).

Boston Herald, 1 September 1923, 7 (John Clair Minot, “Another Montgomery Novel Vibrant with the Spirit of Youth”).

Chicago Evening Post Literary Review, 7 September 1923, 8 (Ruth M. Sponberg, “A Child Poet Well Presented”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 209. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 242–43.

Hartford (CT) Courant, 9 September 1923, A12.

Times Literary Supplement (London), 13 September 1923, 605. Scrapbook of Reviews, 224. Children’s Literature Review, edited by Gerard J. Senick (Detroit: Gale, 1985), 8: 138–39 (excerpted). The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 244 (as “[The Early Life of a Very Precocious Child]”).

Edinburgh Evening News, 15 September 1923. Scrapbook of Reviews, 344. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 244 (as “[The Dreamland Child]”).

Globe (Toronto), 15 September 1923, 21. Scrapbook of Reviews, 208. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 245 (as “[A Few Years in the Life of a Little Girl]”).

San Francisco Chronicle, “A Pre-flapper Heroine.” 16 September 1923, D5.

Guardian (London), 27 September 1923. Scrapbook of Reviews, 218. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 245–46 (as “[The Eternal Child]”).

The Canadian Bookman (Toronto), October 1923, 264 (Raymond Knister, “A Sheaf of Canadiana”). The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 246 (excerpted as “[True as Far as It Goes]”).

Wisconsin Library Bulletin (Madison), October 1923, 444.

The Scotsman (Edinburgh), 4 October 1923, 2. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 247 (as “[A Type of Colonial Life That Fascinates]”).

Ottawa Citizen, 19 October 1923, 6 (“L.M. Montgomery’s New P.E.I. Story”).

Oregonian (Portland), 30 October 1923, 3 (J.M.T.).

Punch, or the London Charivari (London), 21 November 1923, 504. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 247 (as “[Sweet without Being Sugary]”).

Springfield (MA) Republican, 9 December 1923, 16 (“Prince Edward Island”).

Manitoba Free Press (Winnipeg), 8 December 1923, Christmas Book Supplement, 1. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 248 (as “[Humor and Tenderness]”).

Boston Herald, 11 December 1923, 5 (“Little Orphan Turns Gloom to Happiness in New Home”).

New York Herald, ca. 1923 (Henry Walker). Scrapbook of Reviews, 214. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 248–49 (as “[An Imaginative, Intelligent Child]”).

New York Tribune, ca. 1923 (Isabel Paterson). Scrapbook of Reviews, 220. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 249–51 (as “[Sweet with No Derogatory Implication]”).

Unidentified clipping, ca. 1923 (“L.M. Montgomery Writes a Charming Study of Girlhood”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 215.

The Catholic Standard (Philadelphia), 1 January 1924. Scrapbook of Reviews, 206.