Anne of Avonlea, by L.M. Montgomery (L.C. Page and Company, 1909): cover
Cover of Anne of Windy Poplars, by L.M. Montgomery, published by McClelland and Stewart in 1973
Anne of Green Gables (Bantam Books, 1976)
Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery (Anchor Canada, 2009): cover
Jane of Lantern Hill, by L.M. Montgomery (Virago, 2014): cover
Covers of the first edition of Anne of Avonlea (L.C. Page and Company, 1909), the Canadian Favourites edition of Anne of Windy Poplars (1973), the Bantam Books edition of Anne of Green Gables (1976), the Anchor Canada edition of Anne of Green Gables (2009); Virago Modern Classics edition of Jane of Lantern Hill (2014).

L.M. Montgomery’s books have circulated worldwide ever since Anne of Green Gables was published in 1908. Since then, a growing number of editions has flourished, especially in places where the copyright to her work has expired. But while each edition seeks to entice readers through new cover art, a close comparative reading of these editions reveals a surprising number of inconsistencies in the texts themselves.

As a component of my work comparing the texts of the first editions of Montgomery’s books to those of the mass-market paperback editions published in the 1980s and 1990s (by Bantam Books in the United States and Seal Books in Canada), work that I have undertaken in earnest as part of the L.M. Montgomery Readathon, this part of the website is devoted to Montgomery’s international publishing history. It will begin with the 400+ editions that are part of my personal collection, and my ambition is that eventually it will offer an exhaustive overview of all editions that have appeared worldwide, in English and in translation, along with some tips to help readers learn more about the editions that are part of their own collections.

This part of the website is continuing to evolve as of 2024. New editions are still being added, and at some point in the future I will welcome contributions from fellow Montgomery readers as a way to fill in gaps in my own collection.

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List of Publishers

Airmont Publishing Company
Alma Classics
Angus and Robertson
Arcturus Publishing
Award Publishing
Bantam Books (includes Bantam Classics and Bantam Skylark)
Barnes and Noble
Bloomsbury Books
Broadview Editions
A.L. Burt Company
Canterbury Classics
Collector’s Library
Constable and Company
Courage Books
Davenport Press
Tom Doherty Associates
Dover Publications
The Folio Society
Gatefold Books
David R. Godine
Grosset and Dunlap
HarperCollins Publishers (includes HarperFestival)
George G. Harrap and Company (includes Harrap Books)
Macmillan Collector’s Library
McClelland and Stewart (includes Canadian Children’s Favourites/Canadian Favourites, The Cavendish Library, and New Canadian Library)
McGraw-Hill Ryerson
Modern Library
Thomas Nelson
New American Library (includes Signet Classics)
Nimbus Publishing
W.W. Norton and Company
Oxford University Press (including Oxford Children’s Classics)
L.C. Page and Company/The Page Company
Penguin Books (includes Penguin Canada, Penguin Classics, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, and Viking Canada)
Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons
Puffin Books (includes Peacock Books and Puffin Classics)
Quarto Publishing Group (includes Chartwell Books and Race Point Publishing)
Random House (includes Anchor Canada, Avenel Books, Doubleday Canada, Gramercy Books, Alfred A. Knopf, and Vintage Books)
Reader’s Digest Association
Rock’s Mills Press
The Ryerson Press
Seal Books
Seven Seas Entertainment
Sourcebooks Fire
Sterling Publishing
Frederick A. Stokes Company
Studio Fun Books
Sweet Cherry Publishing
Tundra Books
Virago Press (includes Virago Modern Classics)
Watermill Press
Wordsworth Editions
Worth Press