The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 3: A Legacy in Review

The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 3: A Legacy in ReviewThe L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 3: A Legacy in Review is a critical anthology edited and introduced by Benjamin Lefebvre. It features the full text of 370 reviews of Montgomery’s twenty-four books published in her lifetime, as well as extracts from several hundred more reviews and an epilogue summarizing reviews of twenty-four additional books published since her death. The introduction and chapter headnotes also place these reviews in the context of Montgomery’s career and the broader book industry. The book was published by University of Toronto Press as a jacketed hardcover in January 2015, preceded by Volume 1: A Life in Print (2013) and Volume 2: A Critical Heritage (2014). The three volumes were available as a set beginning in November 2015.

In February 2016, the three-volume The L.M. Montgomery Reader won the 2016 PROSE Award for Literature, an award presented by Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers.

From the Dust Jacket

This third and final volume of The L.M. Montgomery Reader examines a long overlooked portion of Montgomery’s critical reception: reviews of her books. Although Montgomery downplayed the impact that reviews had on her writing career, claiming to be amused and tolerant of reviewers’ contradictory opinions about her work, she nevertheless cared enough to keep a large percentage of them in scrapbooks as an archive of her career.

Edited by leading Montgomery scholar Benjamin Lefebvre, this volume presents 370 reviews from eight countries that raise questions about and offer reflections on gender, genre, setting, character, audience, and nationalism, much of which anticipated the scholarship that has thrived in the last four decades. Lefebvre’s extended introduction and chapter headnotes place the reviews in the context of Montgomery’s literary career and trace the evolution of attitudes to her work, and his epilogue examines the response to her books, letters, journals, and other writings that were published posthumously.

A comprehensive account of the reception of Montgomery’s books, published during and after her lifetime, A Legacy in Review completes this important new resource for L.M. Montgomery scholars and fans around the world.


Acknowledgments (vii–viii)

Abbreviations (ix–x)

Introduction: A Legacy in Review / Benjamin Lefebvre (3–48)

A Note on the Text (49–50)

1. Anne of Green Gables (1908) (51–68)

2. Anne of Avonlea (1909) (69–83)

3. Kilmeny of the Orchard (1910) (84–91)

4. The Story Girl (1911) (92–114)

5. Chronicles of Avonlea (1912) (115–38)

6. The Golden Road (1913) (139–54)

7. Anne of the Island (1915) (155–71)

8. The Watchman and Other Poems (1916) (172–79)

9. Anne’s House of Dreams (1917) (180–99)

10. Rainbow Valley (1919) (200–18)

11. Further Chronicles of Avonlea (1920) (219–23)

12. Rilla of Ingleside (1921) (224–40)

13. Emily of New Moon (1923) (241–52)

14. Emily Climbs (1925) (253–68)

15. The Blue Castle: A Novel (1926) (269–85)

16. Emily’s Quest (1927) (286–96)

17. Magic for Marigold (1929) (297–306)

18. A Tangled WebAunt Becky Began It (1931) (307–14)

19. Pat of Silver Bush (1933) (315–26)

20. Courageous Women (1934) (with Marian Keith and Mabel Burns McKinley) (327–28)

21. Mistress Pat: A Novel of Silver Bush (1935) (329–33)

22. Anne of Windy PoplarsAnne of Windy Willows (1936) (334–39)

23. Jane of Lantern Hill (1937) (340–44)

24. Anne of Ingleside (1939) (345–52)

Epilogue: Posthumous Titles, 1960–2013 / Benjamin Lefebvre (353–90)

Sources (391–411)

Bibliography (413–38)

Index (439–53)


“Now that it is complete, The L.M. Montgomery Reader is sure to be the authoritative source on Montgomery’s critical and popular reception as a bestselling author. Benjamin Lefebvre has devoted many years to the Reader, and one cannot imagine anyone better suited for the work.” —Janice Fiamengo, Department of English, University of Ottawa

“Benjamin Lefebvre amasses a century-long, world-wide array of responses to L.M. Montgomery’s work. Readers will be surprised and amused by his revelation of wild swings in taste and bias among critics of the ever-popular Canadian writer.” —Elizabeth Waterston, Department of English, University of Guelph


Reviews by Sarah Galletly, Irene Gammel, Aoife Assumpta HartAndré Narbonne, Jason Nisenson, and Emily Woster.


Editor: Benjamin Lefebvre
Paratexts: Introduction, headnotes, notes, and epilogue by Benjamin Lefebvre
Publisher: University of Toronto Press (Toronto)
Date: 2015
Format: Jacketed hardcover
Trim: 6” x 9”
Pagination: x + 453 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-442-64493-9