Anne of Green Gables has remained a bestseller since its first publication over a century ago. The novel depicts eleven-year-old Anne Shirley’s unexpected arrival at Green Gables. The arrival of a girl, instead of a boy, is not the only surprise to be faced by Anne’s new guardians, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert.
Marilla is faced with the daunting task of “bringing up” Anne—an unpredictable, romance-loving waif—into a respectable, reliable, member of Avonlea, PEI. Anne loves beauty and stories, while Marilla hopes that life can continue within the safe confines of hard work and propriety. Over the course of the novel, both Anne and Marilla learn to accept the “bend in the road”—the story that does not unfold as we had hoped or expected.
This Rock's Mills Press edition is based on the first edition of Anne of Green Gables published by L.C. Page in 1908, incorporating Montgomery’s early corrections for the second impression, published June 1908), as well as period photographs and a new preface.
L.M. MONTGOMERY, OBE (1874–1942) wrote 20 books in her life, including Rilla of Ingleside (1921) and Emily of New Moon (1923). She also wrote a series of journals from the age of fifteen to the end of her life.
ISBN 978-1-77244-015-7 • 280 pages • 5.5 x 8.5 • paperback • 2015 • includes new introduction by Jen Rubio • 5 b/w photographs
Also by L.M. Montgomery:
Friday, Aug. 16, 1907
I began the actual writing of [Anne of Green Gables] it one evening in May ... . Nothing I have ever written gave me so much pleasure to write. I cast "moral" and "Sunday School" ideals to the winds and made my "Anne" a real human girl. Many of my own childhood experiences and dreams were worked up into its chapters. Cavendish scenery supplied the background and Lover's Lane figures very prominently. There is plenty of incident in it but after all it must stand or fall by "Anne". She is the book.
from The Journals of L.M. Montgomery