The Blythes Are Quoted

The Blythes Are Quoted

Binding these short stories, Montgomery inserted sketches featuring Anne and Gilbert Blythe discussing poems by Anne and their middle son, Walter, who dies as a soldier in the war.

Author: L. M. Montgomery

Publisher: Penguin Canada

ISBN: 9780143175346

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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Adultery, illegitimacy, misogyny, revenge, murder, despair, bitterness, hatred, and death—usually not the first terms associated with L.M. Montgomery. But in The Blythes Are Quoted, completed shortly before her death and never before published in its entirety, Montgomery brought these topics to the forefront in what she intended to be the ninth volume in her bestselling series featuring her beloved heroine Anne. Divided into two sections, one set before and one after the Great War of 1914—1918, The Blythes Are Quoted contains fifteen episodes that include an adult Anne and her family. Binding these short stories, Montgomery inserted sketches featuring Anne and Gilbert Blythe discussing poems by Anne and their middle son, Walter, who dies as a soldier in the war. By blending poetry, prose, and dialogue, Montgomery was experimenting with storytelling methods in ways she had never before attempted. The Blythes Are Quoted marks the final word of a writer whose work continues to fascinate readers all over the world.
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Basements and Attics Closets and Cyberspace

Basements and Attics  Closets and Cyberspace

The Blythes Are Quoted. ... “The Blythes Are Quoted—Original MS. with
annotations by E. Stuart Macdonald. ... “Contracts, Picture of S. K. Woolner, MS.
of 'The Blythes Are Quoted,' Journal and Literary Mss. of C. C. Macdonald, 1916–
1945.

Author: Linda M Morra

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 9781554586509

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 348

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Women’s letters and memoirs were until recently considered to have little historical significance. Many of these materials have disappeared or remain unarchived, often dismissed as ephemera and relegated to basements, attics, closets, and, increasingly, cyberspace rather than public institutions. This collection showcases the range of critical debates that animate thinking about women’s archives in Canada. The essays in Basements and Attics, Closets and Cyberspace consider a series of central questions: What are the challenges that affect archival work about women in Canada today? What are some of the ethical dilemmas that arise over the course of archival research? How do researchers read and make sense of the materials available to them? How does one approach the shifting, unstable forms of new technologies? What principles inform the decisions not only to research the lives of women but to create archival deposits? The contributors focus on how a supple research process might allow for greater engagement with unique archival forms and critical absences in narratives of past and present. From questions of acquisition, deposition, and preservation to challenges related to the interpretation of material, the contributors track at various stages how fonds are created (or sidestepped) in response to national and other imperatives and to feminist commitments; how archival material is organized, restricted, accessed, and interpreted; how alternative and immediate archives might be conceived and approached; and how exchanges might be read when there are peculiar lacunae—missing or fragmented documents, or gaps in communication—that then require imaginative leaps on the part of the researcher.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Quill Quire

Quill   Quire

L.M. Montgomery's final manuscript is a valuable addition to the author's canon.
helf family , but Montgomery also " quotesthe Blythes in direct dialogue with
each other , thereby providing a perspective on the family from without and within
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ISBN: NWU:35556039241146

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The L M Montgomery Reader

The L M  Montgomery Reader

The Blythes Are Quoted. Edited by Benjamin Lefebvre. Toronto: Viking Canada,
2009. ———. “The Blythes Are Quoted” (typescript). File 10–11, Box 31, Jack
McClelland fonds, William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections,
 ...

Author: Benjamin Lefebvre

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781442644922

Category: History

Page: 451

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"This second volume narrates the development of L.M. Montgomery{u2019}s (1874{u2013}1942) critical reputation in the seventy years since her death. It traces milestones and turning points such as adaptations for stage and screen, posthumous publications, and the development of Montgomery Studies as a scholarly field"--From publisher description.
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L M Montgomery and the Matter of Nature s

L M  Montgomery and the Matter of Nature s

See The Blythes Are Quoted – Rainbow Valley, 146–7, 148, 149, 160, 194 – Rilla
of Ingleside, 21. 53, 54, 61, 148, 194, 195, 196, 203, 204, 206, 207 – “The Road
to Yesterday.” See The Blythes Are Quoted – “Some Fools and a Saint.

Author: Rita Bode

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773553996

Category: Literary Criticism

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L.M. Montgomery’s writings are replete with enchanting yet subtle and fluid depictions of nature that convey her intense appreciation for the natural world. At a time of ecological crises, intensifying environmental anxiety, and burgeoning eco-critical perspectives, L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature(s) repositions the Canadian author’s relationship to nature in terms of current environmental criticism across several disciplines, introducing a fresh approach to her life and work. Drawing on a wide range of Montgomery’s novels as well as her journals, this collection suggests that socio-ecological relationships encompass ideas of reciprocity, affiliation, autonomy, and the capacity for transformation in both the human and more-than-human worlds, and that these ideas are integral to Montgomery’s vision and her literary legacy. Framed by the twin themes of materiality and interrelationships, essays by scholars of literature, law, animal studies, anthropology, and ecology examine place, embodiment, and difference in Montgomery’s works and embrace the multiplicities embedded in the concept of nature. Through innovative critical approaches, L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature(s) opens up conversations about humans’ interactions with nature and the material environment.
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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

This Deluxe edition is enhanced with a foreword by bestselling author J. Courtney Sullivan, and an introduction and suggestions for further reading by Benjamin Lefebvre, as well as a selection of early writing by L. M. Montgomery about the ...

Author: L. M. Montgomery

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781524705718

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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The beloved coming-of-age tale of a spunky heroine named Anne “with an E”, for the first time as a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, with a foreword by bestselling author J. Courtney Sullivan. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read L. M. Montgomery’s novel Anne of Green Gables recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan mistakenly sent to a pair of siblings who intended to adopt a boy to help work on their farm in Prince Edward Island. Yet Anne’s quirky personality and good-natured spirit causes the siblings to grow to love her anyway, and soon the entire town falls for the precocious little girl with bright red hair. Cherished by both children and adults, Anne of Green Gables is a celebration of fierce individualism, and the families we create, rather than the ones we are born into. This Deluxe edition is enhanced with a foreword by bestselling author J. Courtney Sullivan, and an introduction and suggestions for further reading by Benjamin Lefebvre, as well as a selection of early writing by L. M. Montgomery about the process of writing Anne. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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Magic Island

Magic Island

134 Knowing her addiction to infinite revision , we can only wonder what the final
form of The Blythes are Quoted would have been if she had overseen it . As any
good story - teller would do , Montgomery had left her readers with a suspense ...

Author: Elizabeth Waterston

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UOM:39015077627258

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 248

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Elizabeth Waterston is a 2011 Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada.L.M. Montgomery grew up in Prince Edward Island, a real place of "politics and potatoes." But it's her fictional island, a richly textured imaginative landscape that has captivated a world of readers since 1908, when Anne of Green Gables became the first of Montgomery's long string of bestsellers.In this wide-ranging and highly readable book, Elizabeth Waterston uses the term "magic" to suggest that peculiar, indefinable combination of attributes that unpredictably results in creative genius. Montgomery's intelligence, her drive, and her sense of humour are essential components of thissuccess. Waterston also features what Montgomery called her "dream life," a "strange inner life of fancy which had always existed side by side with my outer life." This special ability to look beyond the veil, to access vibrant inner vistas, produced deceptively layered fictions out of a life thatsaw not just its share of both fame and ill fortune, but also what Waterston calls "dark passions."A true reader's guide, Magic Island explores the world of L.M. Montgomery in a way never done before. Each chapter of Magic Island discusses a different Montgomery book, following their progression chronologically. Waterston draws parallels between Montgomery's internal "island," her personal life,her professional career, and the characters in her novels. Designed to be read alongside the new biography of Montgomery by Mary Rubio, this is the first book to reinterpret Montgomery's writing in light of important new information about her life. A must-read for any Montgomery fan, Magic Islandoffers a fresh and insightful look at the world of L.M. Montgomery and the "magic" of artistic creation.
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The Junior Bookshelf

The Junior Bookshelf

... but chiefly it is the compulsion to relate each of these unconnected stories of
the Glen St. Mary community , served by Dr. Gilbert Blythe , to the carly series :
the author's own title for the MS . was The Blythes are Quoted . Someone will
always ...

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ISBN: MINN:31951000698249B

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A World of Songs

A World of Songs

Benjamin Lefebvre organizes this work within the context of Montgomery’s life and career, claiming her not only as a nature poet but also as the author of a wider range of "songs": of place, of memory, of lamentation, of war, of land and ...

Author: L.M. Montgomery

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781487531539

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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Celebrated as a novelist and made famous by her novel Anne of Green Gables and its sequels, L.M. Montgomery (1874–1942) is far less known for also writing and publishing hundreds of poems over a period of half a century.Although this output included a chapbook and a full-length collection in which she presented herself primarily as a nature poet, most of her poems appeared in periodicals, including women’s magazines, farm papers, faith-based periodicals, daily and weekly newspapers, and magazines for children. As a shrewd businesswoman, she learned to find the balance between literary quality and commercial saleability and continued to publish poetry even though it paid less than short fiction. A World of Songs: Selected Poems, 1894–1921, the second volume in The L.M. Montgomery Library, gathers a selection of fifty poems originally published across a twenty-five-year period. Benjamin Lefebvre organizes this work within the context of Montgomery’s life and career, claiming her not only as a nature poet but also as the author of a wider range of "songs": of place, of memory, of lamentation, of war, of land and sea, of death, and of love. Many of these poems echo motifs that readers of Montgomery’s novels will recognize, and many more explore surprising perspectives through the use of male speakers. These poems offer today’s readers a new facet of the career of Canada’s most enduringly popular author.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Blue Castle

The Blue Castle

She then followed this with a series of sequels with Anne as the central character.In the last year of her life, Montgomery completed what she intended to be a ninth novel featuring Anne, titled The Blythes Are Quoted.

Author: L.m. Montgomery

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798640969962

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Page: 141

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Valancy lives a drab life with her overbearing mother and prying aunt. Then a shocking diagnosis from Dr. Trent prompts her to make a fresh start. For the first time, she does and says exactly what she feels. As she expands her limited horizons, Valancy undergoes a transformation, discovering a new world of love and happiness. One of Lucy Maud Montgomery's only novels intended for an adult audience, The Blue Castle is filled with humour and romance.Lucy Maud Montgomery, publicly known as L.M. Montgomery, was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables. In 1908, Montgomery published her first book, Anne of Green Gables upon which it became an immediate success. She then followed this with a series of sequels with Anne as the central character.In the last year of her life, Montgomery completed what she intended to be a ninth novel featuring Anne, titled The Blythes Are Quoted. It included fifteen short stories (most of which were previously published) that she revised to include Anne and her family as mainly peripheral characters; forty-one poems (most of which were previously published) that she attributed to Anne and to her son Walter, who died as a soldier in the Great War; and vignettes featuring the Blythe family members discussing the poems.
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A Name for Herself

A Name for Herself

While these works consisted primarily of poems and short stories, she also experimented with a wider range of forms, particularly during the early years of her career, at which point she tested out several authorial identities before ...

Author: L.M. Montgomery

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781487523084

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 454

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This book collects a majority of Montgomery's early and non-fiction publications across a variety of forms and places them in the context of her career and the narrative strategies of women authors in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Acadiensis

Acadiensis

After Montgomery ' s death , her son , Dr . Stuart Macdonald , discovered among
his mother ' s papers an unpublished collection of stories called “ The Blythes are
Quoted ” and published it , somewhat edited , under the title The Road 10 ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015074314603

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Canadian Children s Literature

Canadian Children s Literature

The stories , origa assembled as an unpublished MS titled " The Blythes Are
Quoted as been reorganized and published as The Road to Yesterday ( McGraw
Ryerson , 1974 ) . In spite of what one or two reviewers have conte del the
volume ...

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ISBN: UVA:X001495622

Category: Children's literature, Canadian

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Writing a Life

Writing a Life

She tentatively called this collection “ The Blythes Are Quoted . ” ( In 1974 , Stuart
, her literary executor , would publish this collection , minus the linkages , as The
Road to Yesterday . ) A few downcast letters to her oldest friends , Ephraim ...

Author: Mary Rubio

Publisher: E C W Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105017072641

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 133

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Lucy Maud Montgomery was born with the storyteller's gift. Throughout her life she would use this talent to tangle and reinforce the intersecting threads of her experience: her Scots heritage, her early years in nineteenth-century Prince Edward Island, her teacher training at Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown, her unhappy marriage to a Presbyterian minister, and her powerful, tormenting ambition. With the creation of Anne of Green Gables, Montgomery quickly became Canada's most enduring and celebrated author. Yet this biography presents the Montgomery legend with a darker cast. Rubio and Waterston reveal Montgomery to be a subversive writer, who interjected messages of resistance into her superficially pleasant stories. The authors pay attention to Montgomery's private journals, which pulse with open resentment at the structures of daily life that caught her ambition in cobwebs. Trapped in her marriage, confined by motherhood, and bound by the need to present a smiling face of domestic and feminine amiability in accord with the romantic tales she was producing, Montgomery's journals testify to her struggles with emotional depression and her self-destructive dependence on her increasing popularity. Before long, she became caught by her very facility in creating narratives, unconsciously adapting her life to suit her writerly needs.
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Diversity and Change in Early Canadian Women s Writing

Diversity and Change in Early Canadian Women s Writing

In addition to preparing Montgomery ' s final project , The Blythes Are Quoted , for
publication , he is writing a monograph on the ideological potential of child
protagonists in Canadian fiction from adults published between 1947 and 2007 .

Author: Jennifer Chambers

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub

ISBN: UOM:39015080832622

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

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Diversity and Change in Early Canadian Womens Writing is a collection of nine essays, thematically arranged, dedicated to the works of women writing between 1828 and 1914. It is for all those readers who were certain that there had to be diverse, interesting, socially relevant voices in early Canadian womens writing. It is, equally, for sceptics, who will find that early Canada is not bereft of women writers, or of writing of substance. When Lorraine McMullen published the collection of essays Re(dis)covering Our Foremothers in 1990, she considered the field in its infancy. As keen as literary historians and critics have been to assess the contributions of women to Canadas early cultural scene, this collection moves beyond listing which women were writing in early Canada, and brings together a study of their journalistic and literary works. For a nation caught up in projects to enhance nation-building, and concerned with the development of its national literature, the essays reconnect with early literary works by women. Eighteen years after McMullens, this collection shows the progression along the path that hers initiated. Working with theories of genre, gender, socio-politics, literature, history, and drama, the essayists make cases not only for the women writing, but also for the literary voices they created to work for diversity and social change in Canada.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Part Two

Part Two

Still to come were Anne of Windy Poplars ( 1936 ) and Anne of Ingleside ( 1939 )
, as well as a manuscript of previously written stories linked by Anne , ' The
Blythes are Quoted , which was eventually edited by Montgomery ' s son and
issued ...

Author: Paul Budra

Publisher:

ISBN: 0802078958

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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What do Paradise Regained and Terminator 2 have in common? They are both sequels, both chronological extensions of narratives that were originally envisioned as closed and complete works. Part Two explores the phenomenon of secondary narrative by studying the conditions that determine its production and reception. The volume encompasses works of poetry, drama, prose, and films, moving from Homer to Hollywood. Each piece is grounded in a specific genre or period and while engaging a broader historical or theoretical perspective.
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Anne of Ingleside Illustrated

Anne of Ingleside Illustrated

In addition, a short story collection The Blythes Are Quoted, written in 1941/42 yet not published until 2009, concludes the Anne stories.Seven years after Anne's House of Dreams, Anne visits Diana Wright and her daughter, Anne Cordelia, in ...

Author: L M Montgomery

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798560237066

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Page: 344

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Anne of Ingleside is a children's novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. It was first published in July 1939 by McClelland and Stewart (Toronto) and the Frederick A. Stokes Company (New York). It is the tenth of eleven books that feature the character of Anne Shirley, and Montgomery's final published novel. Chronologically, Anne of Ingleside precedes Rainbow Valley, which was published years earlier. In addition, a short story collection The Blythes Are Quoted, written in 1941/42 yet not published until 2009, concludes the Anne stories.Seven years after Anne's House of Dreams, Anne visits Diana Wright and her daughter, Anne Cordelia, in Avonlea following the funeral of Gilbert's father. When she returns home to the old Morgan house, now named "Ingleside", she is greeted by her five children: James Matthew ('Jem'), the eldest, now aged seven; Walter Cuthbert, who is about six and often thought to be a bit of a 'sissy' because of his love for poetry; twins Anne ('Nan') and Diana ('Di'), who are five and look nothing alike, Nan with brown hair and hazel eyes, and Di with red hair and green eyes; and finally Shirley, two years old and Susan Baker's favourite, as she took care of him as an infant while Anne was very sick following his birth.
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Anne of Ingleside Annotated

Anne of Ingleside Annotated

As well, the short story collection The Blythes Are Quoted, written in 1941/42, but not published until 2009, concludes the Anne chronology.The book includes the dreadful, seemingly eternal visit of Gilbert's disagreeable, oversensitive ...

Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery

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ISBN: 9798609296702

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Page: 410

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Anne of Ingleside is a children's novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery.It was first published in July 1939 by McClelland and Stewart (Toronto) and the Frederick A. Stokes Company (New York).It is the tenth of eleven books that feature the character of Anne Shirley, and Montgomery's final published novel. (Two novels that occur later in the Anne chronology were actually published years earlier. As well, the short story collection The Blythes Are Quoted, written in 1941/42, but not published until 2009, concludes the Anne chronology.The book includes the dreadful, seemingly eternal visit of Gilbert's disagreeable, oversensitive aunt Mary Maria Blythe, whose visit was only supposed to last two weeks but stretches on for months and who only leaves when Anne unintentionally offends her by arranging a surprise birthday party, much to the relief of the family
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Rilla of Ingleside

Rilla of Ingleside

Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery Rilla of Ingleside (1921) is the eighth of nine books in the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery, but was the sixth "Anne" novel in publication order.

Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery

Publisher: Les Prairies Numeriques

ISBN: 2382745398

Category: Fiction

Page: 230

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Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery Rilla of Ingleside (1921) is the eighth of nine books in the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery, but was the sixth "Anne" novel in publication order. This book draws the focus back onto a single character, Anne and Gilbert's youngest daughter Bertha Marilla "Rilla" Blythe. It has a more serious tone, as it takes place during World War I and the three Blythe boys-Jem, Walter, and Shirley-along with Rilla's sweetheart Ken Ford, and playmates Jerry Meredith and Carl Meredith-end up fighting in Europe with the Canadian Expeditionary Force.The book is dedicated: "To the memory of FREDERICA CAMPBELL MACFARLANE who went away from me when the dawn broke on January 25, 1919-a true friend, a rare personality, a loyal and courageous soul. " Frederica, Maud's cousin and best friend, grew up in Park Corner, PEI, but died in the worldwide flu epidemic of 1918-19. Frederica may have been the model for Diana Barry, Anne of Green Gables' "bosom friend" both had unusual, non-Christian first names, and the fictional Diana's husband was named, perhaps not coincidentally, Fred.Rilla of Ingleside is the only Canadian novel written from a woman's perspective about the First World War by a contemporary. The novel is also groundbreaking as it is one of the first non-Australian texts to mention the Gallipoli campaign and the sacrifice made by the ANZACs.At some point after Montgomery's death in 1942, publishers quietly trimmed Rilla of Ingleside of a few thousand words, removing among other things passages containing historically accurate but now offensive anti-German sentiment. The trimmed version was the only available "in print" version for decades, until a new, restored and annotated edition of Rilla of Ingleside, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre (editor of Montgomery's The Blythes Are Quoted) and d McKenzie, was published by Viking Canada in October 2010. Set almost a decade after Rainbow Valley, Europe is on the brink of the First World War, and Anne's youngest daughter Rilla is an irrepressible almost-15-year-old, excited about her first adult party and blissfully unaware of the chaos that the Western world is about to enter. Her parents worry because Rilla seems not to have any ambition, is not interested in attending college, and is more concerned with having fun.Once the Continent descends into war, Jem Blythe and Jerry Meredith promptly enlist, upsetting Anne, Nan, and Faith Meredith (who Rilla suspects is engaged to Jem). Rilla's brother Walter, who is of age, does not enlist, ostensibly due to a recent bout with typhoid but truly because he fears the ugliness of war and death. He confides in Rilla that he feels he is a coward. Rilla was a bit happy because she was closer to Walter than to her brother Jem.
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Anne of Ingleside

Anne of Ingleside

The book includes the dreadful, seemingly eternal visit of Gilbert's disagreeable, oversensitive aunt Mary Maria Blythe, whose visit was only supposed to last two weeks but stretches on for months and who only leaves when Anne ...

Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 9798616791030

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Page: 236

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Anne of Ingleside Lucy Maud Montgomery. 1939 Anne of Ingleside is a children's novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. It was first published in July 1939 by McClelland and Stewart (Toronto) and the Frederick A. Stokes Company (New York). It is the tenth of eleven books that feature the character of Anne Shirley, and Montgomery's final published novel. (Two novels that occur later in the Anne chronology were actually published years earlier. As well, the short story collection The Blythes Are Quoted, written in 1941/42, but not published until 2009, concludes the Anne chronology. Seven years after Anne's House of Dreams, Anne visits Diana Wright and her daughter, Anne Cordelia, in Avonlea following the funeral of Gilbert's father. When she returns home to the old Morgan house, now named "Ingleside", she is greeted by her five children: James Matthew ('Jem'), the eldest, now aged seven; Walter Cuthbert, who is about six and often thought to be a bit of a 'sissy' because of his love for poetry; twins Anne ('Nan') and Diana ('Di'), who are five and look nothing alike, Nan with brown hair and hazel eyes, and Di with red hair and green eyes; and finally Shirley, two years old and Susan Baker's favourite, as she took care of him as an infant while Anne was very sick following his birth. The book includes the dreadful, seemingly eternal visit of Gilbert's disagreeable, oversensitive aunt Mary Maria Blythe, whose visit was only supposed to last two weeks but stretches on for months and who only leaves when Anne unintentionally offends her by arranging a surprise birthday party, much to the relief of the family. During the novel, which spans a period of about four years, Anne and Gilbert's youngest child is born and is named Bertha Marilla Blythe. She is also called Roly-Poly, or, generally, 'Rilla'. The novel includes a series of adventures which spotlight one of Anne's children at a time as they engage in the misunderstandings and mishaps of youth. In many of the adventures, the honest Ingleside children are taken in by children who tell lies in order to seem more interesting: Nan is deceived by a lying schoolchild into thinking that she was actually switched at birth; Walter is convinced by a school chum that his mother is dying; and Di gets two stories, in both of which she makes friends with schoolgirls who deceive her. In other stories, oldest child Jem deals with the loss of a pet, and youngest child Rilla somehow gets the idea that it is shameful to be seen carrying a cake, and goes to great lengths to avoid doing so. The Blythes' third son Shirley is present in the book, but oddly gets no solo "spotlight" story of his own, which is also the case in Rainbow Valley, the next volume in the series.
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