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L.M. Montgomery: The Norval Years, 1926–1935

Author: Deborah Quaile
Country: Canada
Publisher: WordbirdPress (n.p.)
Date: 2006
Pagination: 209 pp.
Format: Trade paperback
Trim: 8” x 10”
ISBN: 0-9733911-1-1

L.M. Montgomery: The Norval Years, 1926–1935 is a book-length study by Deborah Quaile, with a foreword by Kate Macdonald Butler. Its main text is accompanied by a number of supplementary materials, including essays by L.M. Montgomery and scans of photographs and newspaper clippings. It was published by Wordbird Press in 2006.

From the Back Cover

Deb Quaile has documented and compiled treasured photographs and information about the life of famed Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery during her Norval years, 1926 to 1935.

Montgomery came to the village with her husband, the Rev. Ewan Macdonald, who had been appointed minister of Norval and Union Presbyterian Churches, and their sons, Stuart and Chester. In addition to running the manse, teaching Sunday School and other parish duties, she became a member of the Choral Society and director of Norval’s Olde Tyme Concerts held at the Anglican Parish Hall. As well, she found time to host garden parties on the lawn of the Presbyterian Church.

Our beautiful village was very dear to Montgomery’s heart, and she photographed and recorded in her diary her favourite walking spots along the Credit River and along Russell’s Hill of Pines. The people of Norval are proud of its former resident and in this special book Deb has recorded L.M. Montgomery’s village life for others to appreciate. —Kathy Gastle, Norval, Ontario


Acknowledgements (8)

Introduction: The Allure of L.M. Montgomery (10–11)

Foreword / Kate Macdonald Butler (12–13)

1. From Prince Edward Island to the World (15–21)

2. Norval History (23–31)

3. Maud’s Home and Gardens (33–46)

4. Friends and Family (47–63)

5. Norval and United Presbyterian Churches (65–72)

6. Local Beauty (73–80)

7. Life in the Village (81–104)

8. Devotions and Duties (105–27)

9. Maud’s Days (129–46)

10. L.M. Montgomery’s Accomplishments (147–74)

11. Leaving Norval (175–77)

12. Remembering Maud: Montgomery in Modern Norval (179–85)

Epilogue (187–89)

Endnotes (190–97)

Bibliography (198–99)

Index (200–207)

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