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Emily’s Quest

Cover art for Emily's Quest, published by McClelland and Stewart (Canada) and Frederick A. Stokes (USA) in 1927.
Cover art for Emily’s Quest, published by McClelland and Stewart (Canada) and Frederick A. Stokes (USA) in 1927.

Emily’s Quest is L.M. Montgomery’s sixteenth book, first published in September 1927 by McClelland and Stewart (Toronto) and the Frederick A. Stokes Company (New York). It is the third of three books to feature Montgomery’s protagonist Emily Byrd Starr, preceded by Emily of New Moon (1923) and Emily Climbs (1925). Although she began work on this novel shortly after completing Emily Climbs, she was sufficiently blocked in her creative process that she shelved the project temporarily and published The Blue Castle (1926) next. Her subsequent book was Magic for Marigold (1929).

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.

Dedication

To
Stella Campbell Keller
of the tribe of Joseph

Contents

The book consists of twenty-seven untitled chapters, each of which contains numbered sections.

Reviews of Emily’s Quest (27)

Weekly Press (Christchurch, New Zealand), 3 August 1927. Scrapbook of Reviews, 291–92.

Oakland Tribune, 21 August 1927, 4W.

Grand Rapids (MI) Herald, 28 August 1927. Scrapbook of Reviews, 293.

Trenton (NJ) Evening Times, 28 August 1927, 7 (“Emily Now Grown Up”). The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 287–88.

The Canadian Bookman (Toronto), September 1927, 273 (V.B. Rhodenizer, “Pine Woods and Pigsties”). The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 288.

Gazette (Montreal), 3 September 1927, 6 (“A Charming Emily Book”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 291. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 289.

The Outlook (New York), 7 September 1927, 28. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 289 (as “[Pretty Sure to Be Acceptable]”).

Hull Daily Mail (UK), 9 September 1927 (“Emily Grows Up”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 295.

Evening Post (Wellington, New Zealand), 17 September 1927, 21 (“A Book for Girls”). The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 289–90.

Examiner (Launceston, Australia), 17 September 1927, 14.

Manchester (NH) Leader, 17 September 1927 (“Emily Now Seeks Literary Fame”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 290.

Boston Herald, 24 September 1927, 8.

Natal Mercury (Durban, South Africa), “A Canadian Love Story.” 24 September 1927. Scrapbook of Reviews, 285.

Utica (NY) Press, 28 September 1927. Scrapbook of Reviews, 295.

Aberdeen Press and Journal (UK), 6 October 1927. Scrapbook of Reviews, 288.

Times Literary Supplement (London), 6 October 1927, 696. Scrapbook of Reviews, 292. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 290 (as “[Begins to Wear Thin]”).

Pioneer (Allahabad, India), 9 October 1927. Scrapbook of Reviews, 288–89. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 290 (as “[Bewildering and Unintelligible Emily]”).

Manitoba Free Press (Winnipeg), 13 October 1927, 15. Scrapbook of Reviews, 294. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 291 (as “[Her Best Tale of Prince Edward Island]”).

Globe (Toronto), 22 October 1927, 25 (“By the Creator of ‘Anne’”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 289, 294, and 295. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 292.

Saturday Night (Toronto), “More about Emily.” 22 October 1927, 11. Scrapbook of Reviews, 290. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 293.

Civil and Military Gazette (Lahore, India), 29 October 1927 (“A Tale for Schoolgirls”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 292.

Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY), 30 October 1927 (“Love and a Career”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 290. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 293–94.

Wisconsin Library Bulletin (Madison), November 1927, 261.

The Englishman (Calcutta, India), 14 November 1927 (“Four New Novels”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 290–91.

Punch, or the London Charivari (London), 23 November 1927, 587–88. Scrapbook of Reviews, 293. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 294 (as “[Dancing Off into Matrimony]”).

San Antonio Jewish Record, 23 December 1927. Scrapbook of Reviews, 288.

Natal Advertiser (Durban, South Africa), 26 March 1928. Scrapbook of Reviews, 297. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 294–95 (as “[A Sense of Impatience]”).