An intimate self portrait of a young L.M. Montgomery

The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1901-1911
edited by Mary Henley Rubio and Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
$39.95, hardcover, 319 pp.
Oxford University Press, March 2013 elated

Complete Journals of LM MontgomeryFrom the “proud, wonderful, thrilling moment” when her first novel, Anne of Green Gables, was published, to the depths of L.M. Montgomery’s frequent struggles with depression, the writing in this second volume of The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery will engage the sympathies of readers.

Although at times the journals can be repetitive, as Montgomery herself acknowledged, the publication of them in their entirety for the first time is a welcome addition to Montgomery scholarship, as the details of her feelings of isolation and sorrow provide a fuller picture of her life.

Accompanied by her own photographs, Montgomery’s journal entries tell the story of her year of independence as a journalist in Halifax and of her years of confinement as a caregiver for her grandmother in Cavendish, PEI, along with memories of her childhood and reflections on her literary career—ending, in this volume, with her marriage and departure from her beloved Prince Edward Island.

The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1901-1911
edited by Mary Henley Rubio and Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
$39.95, hardcover, 319 pp.
Oxford University Press, March 2013 elated

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Sarah Emsley is the author of Jane Austen’s Philosophy of the Virtues and editor of Jane Austen and the North Atlantic. She blogs about Jane Austen and Edith Wharton at www.sarahemsley.com.

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