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The Wreck of the “Marco Polo”

The Wreck of the “Marco Polo” is L.M. Montgomery’s first prose publication, appearing in the Montreal Daily Witness in March 1891 as part of a nationwide young people’s writing competition and a week later in the Charlottetown Patriot; it narrates a shipwreck that occurred on Cavendish beach in 1883, the summer after Montgomery’s eighth birthday. It has been reprinted several times in book form, most recently in A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917 (2018).

Literary Allusion

Pagination is from A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917.

9   “touch of nature that makes the whole world kin”   William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida (1609 play), act 3, scene 3, line 181: “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

Bibliography

Montgomery, Lucy Maud. “The Wreck of the ‘Marco Polo.’” Montreal Daily Witness, 5 March 1891, 2.

Also as “The Wreck of the Marco Polo” in Patriot (Charlottetown), 11 March 1891, 1.

Also in The Years Before “Anne,” by Francis W.P. Bolger, 33–36. N.p.: The Prince Edward Island Heritage Foundation, 1974.

Also as “The Wreck of the Marco Polo” in The Lucy Maud Montgomery Album, compiled by Kevin McCabe, edited by Alexandra Heilbron, 61–62. Toronto: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1999.

Also in A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917, 5–10.