Books

The Blue Castle

The Blue Castle is L.M. Montgomery’s fifteenth book, first published in September 1926 by McClelland and Stewart (Toronto) and the Frederick A. Stokes Company (New York). It focuses on twenty-nine-year-old Valancy Stirling, who breaks away from her oppressive family when she receives a letter that changes her life. It was preceded by Emily Climbs (1925) and followed by Emily’s Quest (1927).

Contents

The book consists of forty-five untitled chapters.

Reviews of The Blue Castle (42)

Argus (Melbourne, Australia), 13 August 1926. Scrapbook of Reviews, 259. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 271 (as “[The Mouse Becomes the Lion]”).

Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia), 14 August 1926, 12.

Week (Brisbane, Australia), 20 August 1926 (“A Girl’s Day Dreams”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 264.

Auckland Star (New Zealand), 21 August 1926, 22. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 271–72 (as “[Natural, although Unusual]”).

Australasian (Melbourne, Australia), 21 August 1926. Scrapbook of Reviews, 259. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 272 (as “[Sentiment and Humour]”).

Brisbane Courier (Australia), 21 August 1926, 18. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 273 (as “[A Pleasant Tonic]”).

Queenslander (Brisbane, Australia), 4 September 1926, 8.

New Zealand Times (Wellington), 28 August 1926 (“Cinderella Meets a Man”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 259. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 273.

Springfield (MA) Sunday Union and Republican, 5 September 1926, 7F (“The Spinster Makes Good”).

Register (Adelaide, Australia), 11 September 1926, 4 (“One Year of Life”). The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 273–74.

Globe (Toronto), 18 September 1926, 20 (“Creator of ‘Anne’ Sees Muskoka”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 278. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 274–75.

Press (Christchurch, New Zealand), 18 September 1926. Scrapbook of Reviews, 272. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 275 (as “[Neither So Good nor So Bad]”).

Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY), 19 September 1926 (“When a Dream Comes True”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 260.

New York World, 19 September 1926, 4M (“A Pleasant Tale”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 239 and 256. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 275–76.

New York Times Book Review, 26 September 1926, 33 (“Canadian Romance”).

Pittsburgh Press, 26 September 1926, Theatrical and Photoplay Section, 6 (Burt M’Murtrie). Scrapbook of Reviews, 255. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 276 (as “[Exclusively for Feminine Readers]”). An earlier version, unsigned, in The Saturday Review of Literature (New York), 18 September 1926, 122–23. Scrapbook of Reviews, 239.

Times Literary Supplement (London), 30 September 1926, 657. Scrapbook of Reviews, 259 and 266. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 276–77 (as “[Cinderella in Small-Town America]”).

The Canadian Bookman (Toronto), October 1926, 307–8 (T.D. Rimmer). The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 277 (as “[A Sort of Cinderella]”).

Mail and Empire (Toronto), 2 October 1926, 15 (“L.M. Montgomery Writes First Novel for Adults”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 282. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 277–78.

New York World, 2 October 1926. Scrapbook of Reviews, 257.

Times-Dispatch (Richmond, VA), 3 October 1926, 16 (“‘The Blue Castle’ Is Full of Tingles”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 256.

Border Cities Star (Windsor, ON), 4 October 1926, 12 (Bernice Clark).

Philadelphia World, 5 October 1926 (L.S.). Scrapbook of Reviews, 256. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 278–79 (as “[A Dainty and Fragrant Concoction]”).

Daily Times (Otago, New Zealand), 9 October 1926 (“An American Love Story”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 276.

Cape Times (Cape Town, South Africa), 14 October 1926. Scrapbook of Reviews, 259. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 279–80 (as “[An Innocuous and Sentimental Tale]”).

The Literary Review (New York), 16 October 1926, 12 (Mary A. Denison).

Havana Post (Cuba), 17 October 1926 (“A Dream Castle”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 260. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 280.

The Scotsman (Edinburgh), 21 October 1926, 2. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 280–81 (as “[Valancy’s Revolt]”).

Boston Evening Transcript, 23 October 1926, 5.

Calgary Herald, 23 October 1926, 11.

Gazette (Montreal), 23 October 1926, 17 (“A Montgomery Book”).

Montreal Daily Star, 23 October 1926, 23. Scrapbook of Reviews, 266 and 269. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 281 (as “[Emerging from Her Dream-World]”).

The Canadian Churchman (Toronto), 4 November 1926, 733 (Faith Smithson). Scrapbook of Reviews, 271. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 281–83 (as “[Essentially a Woman’s Book]”).

Camden (NJ) Evening Courier, 12 November 1926 (“Death Sentence Leads to a New Lease on Life”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 268.

The New Outlook (Toronto), 17 November 1926, 16–17.

Punch, or the London Charivari (London), 15 December 1926, 672. Scrapbook of Reviews, 266. The L.M. Montgomery Reader, 3: 283–84 (as “[That Particular Quality of Naïve Zestfulness]”).

Unidentified clipping, [ca. 1926] (“Muskoka Romance”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 265.

ALA Booklist (Chicago), January 1927, 177.

Los Angeles Times, 20 February 1927, 52.

El Paso Times, 6 March 1927. Scrapbook of Reviews, 297.

Patriot (Charlottetown), 20 September 1928 (“An Idyl of the Cool Canadian Woods”). Scrapbook of Reviews, 280.

Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, Australia), 2 July 1932, 3.