Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Anne of Green Gables

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Anne of Green Gables

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L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, ed. Cecily Devereux (Peterborough, ON: Broadview, 2004), 400pp. Paper. £6.99. ISBN 1-5511-1362-7.

The excellent Broadview Editions series is founded on a generous and expansive concept of the literary canon. It is most cheering that it now includes Anne of Green Gables which, partly because of its immense popularity, has long been marginalised by scholars. Cecily Devereux's critical edition is based on the first published text of 1908, and is fully annotated, evidently with both students and researchers in mind. The text is supplemented by appendices consisting of a judicious selection of short texts and extracts, each preceded by a paragraph explaining their relevance to the novel.

The editor's introduction explores the various accounts of the origin and composition of the novel, and also analyses its relation to first-wave feminism. Devereux notes that although Anne was her first book, Montgomery had already published at least 294 short fictions and 259 poems. One of the appendices consists of four of these stories, which are earlier versions of episodes later worked into Anne. Also reprinted are extracts from Isabella Macdonald Alden's 'Pansy' stories, which influenced Montgomery's work. Eight contemporary reviews of Anne are included, along with an intriguing 1915 magazine article by Montgomery, 'The Way to Make a Book', which has been overlooked by other scholars. …

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