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Readying Rilla

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Readying Rilla is an annotated transcript, prepared by Elizabeth Waterston and Kate Waterston, of L.M. Montgomery’s handwritten manuscript of Rilla of Ingleside. This manuscript, housed at the University of Guelph since 2000, consists of 518 pages of text, followed by an additional seventy-one pages of notes.

The book is dedicated to the memory of Kate Waterston, who died in November 2015.

From the Back Cover

Rilla of Ingleside, L.M. Montgomery’s 1921 novel about the Canadian home-front during World War I, is both moving and at times very funny.

Montgomery’s original handwritten manuscript of 518 pages, along with 71 pages of notes, survives today, housed at the University of Guelph. The manuscript has been painstakingly rendered in a readable format by Kate Waterston, and is available here, with an introduction by Montgomery expert Elizabeth Waterston.

This edition enables us to witness the process of Montgomery’s literary refinement as she edited her own work. The world has changed much since 1921: books are now mostly composed on computer, leaving little record of a writer’s creative journey. But editing is a key part of the process, and here is one of the most detailed records of it available.


L.M. Montgomery’s Creative Path to Publication / Elizabeth Waterston (v–xvi)

An Interpretive Transcription of Montgomery’s Manuscript of Rilla of Ingleside / Kate Waterston (xvii–xx, 1–276)

An Interpretive Transcription of Montgomery’s Manuscript of Notes to Rilla of Ingleside / Kate Waterston (277–307)


Editors: Elizabeth Waterston and Kate Waterston
Publisher: Rock’s Mills Press (n.p.)
Date: 2016
Format: Trade paperback
Trim: 5 3/8” x 8 3/8”
Pagination: xx + 307 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-7724-4021-8