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Imagining Anne: The Island Scrapbooks of L.M. Montgomery

Epperly, Elizabeth Rollins. Imagining Anne: The Island Scrapbooks of L.M. Montgomery. Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2008. 100 Years of Anne.

Epperly, Elizabeth Rollins. Imagining Anne: L.M. Montgomery’s Island Scrapbooks. 2008. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2019.

Paratexts: Foreword by Adrienne Clarkson; afterword by Francis W.P. Bolger

9.75” x 12”, 170 pp., 978-0-670-06687-2 (unjacketed hardcover)

Imagining Anne: The Island Scrapbooks of L.M. Montgomery is a book-length study by Elizabeth Rollins Epperly consisting of reproductions of selected pages from two of L.M. Montgomery’s scrapbooks from 1893 to 1910 and featuring a foreword by Adrienne Clarkson and an afterword by Francis W.P. Bolger. It was published as an unjacketed hardcover by Penguin Canada in February 2008, as part of Penguin’s 100 Years of Anne publishing program, which also included a new hardcover edition of Anne of Green Gables and a prequel, Before Green Gables, by Budge Wilson.

A paperback edition of Imagining Anne, subtitled L.M. Montgomery’s Island Scrapbooks, was published by Nimbus Books in July 2019.

From the Back Cover (2008 edition)

Celebrated author Lucy Maud Montgomery was an avid keeper of journals and scrapbooks, collecting mementoes that together form a portrait of a fascinating Canadian life more than one hundred years ago. Her Island scrapbooks, from the years 1893 to 1910, provide a revealing look into her world and her inspiration during the period when she created the beloved character of Anne Shirley, while living in Atlantic Canada as a college student, teacher, and writer. In celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the publication of Anne of Green Gables, Montgomery scholar Elizabeth Rollins Epperly has selected and annotated more than one hundred pages of these scrapbooks to produce a beautiful gift book for Montgomery readers, history buffs, and scrapbook enthusiasts.


Air Castles / L.M. Montgomery (n.pag.)

Timeline of Important Dates for L.M. Montgomery (n.pag.)

Foreword / Adrienne Clarkson (n.pag.)

L.M. Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables (1–2)

The Island Scrapbooks (3–4)

Editing the Scrapbooks (5–8)

The Blue Scrapbook, 1893 to 1897 (9–90)

The Red Scrapbook, 1890s to mid-1910 (91–167)

Afterword / Francis W.P. Bolger (168)

Selected References (169)

Acknowledgments (170)


Reviews by Margaret Bienert, Susan Lawrence, Benjamin Lefebvre, E. Holly Pike, and Sean Somers.

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