The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery
The Ontario Years, 1918-1921
This is the journal of a consummate story teller. War, death, madness, fury, despair, sheer grit, laughter, love, and exquisitely realized beauty and joy: all are rendered through the eye and 'I' of an artist for whom her journal was not so much a place as an act of engaging - a companioning of and questioning of herself. I suggest that this volume, covering 1918 to 1921, is one of the most important works in Montgomery's entire writing career. Here we see her personal world shattered, and we see her consciously remaking it." --From the Introduction by Elizabeth Rollins Epperly. "Have you heard the news?" L.M. Montgomery records asking her husband Ewan as he arrived home on October 6, 1918, "hoping like a child that he hadn't, so that I would be the first to tell him." World War I had ended. Montgomery's words reflect the relief felt across the world as the war drew to a close. Her own life, however, did not relax as she might have hoped; rather, a series of unexpected events were about to unfold. Elizabeth Rollins Epperly observes in her introduction that Montgomery's journals are filled with moments of joy "suspended in a larger, often darker, story." Here we read about Montgomery's experiences with death, the spirit world, and insanity, among others. Her husband's mental illness often makes for hair-raising reading. A complete record of Montgomery's life, a spellbinding account of the small and the large, the tragic and the humorous. Over 180 of Montgomery's own photographs are included. In addition to Professor Epperly's introduction, this edition contains more than 400 notes providing a wealth of historical and literary background. Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874 - 1942) published as L.M. Montgomery, was a Canadian author best known for a series of novels beginning in 1908 with Anne of Green Gables. The book was an immediate success. The central character, Anne Shirley, an orphaned girl, made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following. The first novel was followed by a series of sequels with Anne as the central character. Montgomery went on to publish 20 novels as well as 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays. Most of the novels were set in Prince Edward Island.
Oakville, Ont. : Rock's Mills Press, 2016.
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vii, 358 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm