Essays illuminate Anne of Green Gables’ time-tested popularity

Anne Around the World: L.M. Montgomery and Her Classic
edited by Jane Ledwell and Jean Mitchell
$29.95, paperback, 302 pp.
McGill-Queen’s University Press
May 2013

Anne Around the WorldThis book celebrates more than a hundred years of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables with a collection of critical essays that examine the creation, reception, and enduring popularity of the novel and its lively, red-haired heroine.

Both academic and non-academic readers will enjoy the compelling analysis of Montgomery’s creative process and of the complex afterlives of the novel.

Of special interest are the essays on reading and teaching Anne of Green Gables in Iran, Uruguay, Turkey, Japan, and Sweden; Susan Meyer’s discussion of the combination of “celebratory affirmation and aggressive revision” in fiction for children by Canadian writers responding to Montgomery’s influence; and Budge Wilson’s delightful story of how she—reluctantly—came to write Before Green Gables, a prequel that offers a persuasive account of the early development of Anne Shirley’s powerful imagination and irrepressible spirit.

Anne Around the World: L.M. Montgomery and Her Classic
edited by Jane Ledwell and Jean Mitchell
$29.95, paperback, 302 pp.
McGill-Queen’s University Press,
May 2013

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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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