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Editions by Date: 1990–1994

This page lists a selection of editions of L.M. Montgomery’s books that were published between 1990 and 1994.

The Story Girl (London: Bantam Books, 1990)

The Story Girl, by L.M. Montgomery (Bantam Books, 1990): cover

Print, mass-market paperback, 6 7/8” x 4 3/8”, viii + 258 pp. + 6 pp. ISBN: 0-553-40386-9. Epigraph and dedication omitted.

Notes: This edition of The Story Girl was published as a Road to Avonlea tie-in mass-market paperback by Bantam Books (London) in 1990, alongside similar editions of The Golden Road, Chronicles of Avonlea, and Further Chronicles of Avonlea. Although the cover displays the title of the television series more prominently than the title of the book, the interior pages are identical to those of editions published by Seal Books (Toronto) in 1987 and Bantam Books (New York) in 1989. In all three editions, the original publication date is listed erroneously as 1910 instead of as 1911. Cover art features a promotional photograph from Road to Avonlea, featuring Sarah Polley as Sara Stanley and Mag Ruffman as Olivia King.

Sources: A copy of this edition (with no information about printing) is part of the site owner’s personal collection. The scanned cover image above is of that copy.

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Days of Dreams and Laughter: The Story Girl and Other Tales (New York: Avenel Books/Gramercy Books, 1990)

Days of Dreams and Laughter: The Story Girl and Other Tales, by Lucy Maud Montgomery (Gramercy Books, 1990): cover

By Lucy Maud Montgomery. Introduction by Ellen S. Shapiro. Notes on the Art and the Text by Claire Booss. Print, jacketed hardcover, 6” x 9”, xviii + 541 pp. ISBN: 0-517-05137-0. Original illustrations by George Gibbs. All three dedications included; epigraphs to The Story Girl and The Golden Road omitted. A detailed table of contents for the three individual books is not included.

Notes: Omnibus edition containing the full text of The Story Girl, The Golden Road, and Kilmeny of the Orchard, with a photograph of the cast of Road to Avonlea as the dust jacket. Chapter 1 of Kilmeny of the Orchard is erroneously entitled “The Thoughts of South,” aligning with a typographical error in the first edition of the book, published in 1910. This is one of three omnibus volumes published by Avenel Books/Gramercy Books (both imprints of Random House), preceded by Anne of Green Gables: Three Volumes in One (1986) and followed by Anne of the Island and Tales of Avonlea (1991).

Sources: A copy of the third printing (undated) from Gramercy Books is in the site owner’s personal collection; the scanned cover above is of that copy. Thanks to Rosemary Park for additional information about these editions.

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Anne of the Island and Tales of Avonlea (New York: Avenel Books/Gramercy Books, 1991)

Cover of ANNE OF THE ISLAND AND TALES OF AVONLEA, an omnibus edition published by Avenel Books (later by Gramercy Books) in 1991. The cover image is a still photograph of a scene from Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel, a miniseries released in 1987, featuring Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert Blythe and Megan Follows as Anne Shirley.

By Lucy Maud Montgomery. Introduction by Ellen S. Shapiro. “Notes on the Art and the Text” by Claire Booss. Print, jacketed hardcover, 6” x 9”, xviii + 541 pp. ISBN: 0-517-0513703705-X. Original illustrations by George Gibbs. Dedications to Anne of the Island and Chronicles of Avonlea included; epigraphs to those two books omitted. (Further Chronicles has neither a dedication nor an epigraph).

Notes: Omnibus edition consisting of the full text of Anne of the Island, Chronicles of Avonlea, and Further Chronicles of Avonlea. Cover art features a still from Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel (1987), directed by Kevin Sullivan, featuring Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert and Megan Follows as Anne. The table of contents lists the individual stories in Chronicles and Further Chronicles but does not list the chapters in Anne of the Island. This is the last of three omnibus volumes by Avenel Books and Gramercy Books (both imprints of Random House); it was preceded by Anne of Green Gables: Three Volumes in One (1986) and Days of Dreams and Laughter: The Story Girl and Other Tales (1990).

Sources: A copy of the fifth printing (undated) published by Gramercy Books is in the site owner’s personal collection; the scanned cover above is of that copy. Thanks to Rosemary Park for providing me with additional information about these editions.

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The Story Girl (New York: New American Library, 1991)

The Story Girl, by L.M. Montgomery (New American Library/Signet Classics, 1991): cover

Signet Classics. Afterword by Mary Rubio and Elizabeth Waterston; selected bibliography. Print, mass-market paperback, 6 7/8” x 4 3/8”, 288 pp. ISBN: 0-451-52532-9. Dedication included; epigraph omitted.

Printing History: First Signet Classic Printing, March, 1991

Notes: This is one of six Montgomery titles reprinted by New American Library (a division of Penguin Books) with afterwords by Mary Rubio and Elizabeth Waterston between 1987 and 1991. The cover art, unidentified in the edition, is a detail from “Weymouth Bay from the Downs above Osmington Mills” (ca. 1816), by John Constable (1776–1837), English painter; oil on canvas.

Sources: A copy of the first printing (March 1991) is in the site owner’s personal collection.

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Anne of Green Gables (Pleasantville, NY: Reader’s Digest Association, 1992)

Cover of an edition of /Anne of Green Gables/ by L.M. Montgomery published by the Reader’s Digest Association in 1992. The cover consists of a small two-tone framed cameo image of Anne against a green and maroon background.

The World’s Best Readings. Afterword by James Hynes. Print, unjacketed hardcover, 5 7/8” x 9”, x + 262 pp. ISBN: 0-89577-434-8. Interior illustrations by Mick Ellison. Epigraph omitted; dedication included.

Notes: Includes a four-page booklet about Montgomery’s life and career. An identical edition was reissued by the Reader’s Digest Association (London) in 1994). Neither edition numbers its printings, and the London edition does not include an ISBN.

Sources: One copy of each edition in the site owner’s personal collection.

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Published on 29 December 2023; last updated on 21 March 2024. Please contact the site owner with additions, corrections, questions, and suggestions.