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Shorter Works

In addition to her twenty-four books, beginning with Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery published over 1,100 shorter works. These consist of roughly five hundred poems, five hundred short stories, and one hundred miscellaneous pieces (memoirs, essays, sketches, letters, and contributions to round tables) that appeared between 1890 and 1942. This work makes for fascinating reading, not only because Montgomery used these items to perfect her craft and in many cases to test out characters and plot points she would later rework into her novels, but also because during the early days of her career she published her work under several alternate signatures, including “Cynthia” and “Maud Cavendish.” The majority of these items appeared in a wide range of mainstream periodicals from all over North America—some for women, some for children, some for people in farming communities, and some for the general public.

Within her lifetime, Montgomery reworked many of these items for inclusion in some of her books: twelve short stories in Chronicles of Avonlea (1912), ninety-four poems in The Watchman and Other Poems (1916), fifteen short stories in Further Chronicles of Avonlea (1920), and forty-one poems and fifteen short stories in her rediscovered final book, The Blythes Are Quoted. In addition, over one hundred short stories and almost as many poems have appeared in trade collections published after Montgomery’s death: The Doctor’s Sweetheart and Other Stories (1979), compiled by Catherine McLay; The Poetry of Lucy Maud Montgomery (1987), selected by John Ferns and Kevin McCabe; Akin to Anne: Tales of Other Orphans (1988), Along the Shore: Tales by the Sea (1989), Among the Shadows: Tales from the Darker Side (1990), After Many Days: Tales of Time Passed (1991), Against the Odds: Tales of Achievement (1993), At the Altar: Matrimonial Tales (1994), Across the Miles: Tales of Correspondence (1995), Christmas with Anne and Other Holiday Stories (1995), all edited by Rea Wilmshurst; After Many Years: Twenty-One “Long-Lost” Stories (2017), edited by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christy Woster; and Around the Hearth: Tales of Home and Family (2022), edited by Joanne Lebold and originally selected by Rea Wilmshurst.

This body of work also forms the basis of The L.M. Montgomery Library, a series of books from which three volumes are already available: A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917 (2018), A World of Songs: Selected Poems, 1894–1921 (2019), and Twice upon a Time: Selected Stories, 1898–1939 (2022). An earlier book, The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 1: A Life in Print (2013), includes several essays, interviews, and miscellaneous pieces that Montgomery published as part of her career as an internationally best-selling novelist.

It is limited for now to serializations of or excerpts from her novels as well as items appearing in The Blythes Are Quoted (2009), The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 1: A Life in Print (2013), A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917 (2018), A World of Songs: Selected Poems, 1894–1921 (2019), and Twice upon a Time: Selected Stories, 1898–1939 (2022).

Shorter works by date: 1891 | 1894 | 1896 | 1897 | 1898 | 1899 | 1900 | 1901 | 1902 | 1903 | 1904 | 1905 | 1906 | 1907 | 1908 | 1909 | 1910 | 1911 | 1912 | 1913 | 1914 | 1915 | 1916 | 1917 | 1918 | 1919 | 1920 | 1921 | 1922 | 1923 | 1924 | 1925 | 1926 | 1927 | 1928 | 1929 | 1930 | 1931 | 1932 | 1933 | 1934 | 1935 | 1936 | 1937 | 1938 | 1939 | 1940 | 1942

Related pages: Alternate Signatures | Short Stories by Title | Short Stories by Date | Poems by Title | Poems by Date | Miscellaneous Pieces by Title | Miscellaneous Pieces by Date | Periodicals | Anthologies



Published on 25 November 2023; last updated on 26 November 2023. Please contact the site owner with additions, corrections, questions, and suggestions.