The Ontario Years, 1918-1921
Montgomery's own photographs have been digitally improved to give a clearer picture of her life in Leaskdale, Ontario.
Edited by Jen Rubio; with Mary Henley Rubio, and Elizabeth Hillman Waterston; preface by Jonathan F. Vance
The years following L.M. Montgomery’s departure from Prince Edward Island were among the most eventful of her life. She traveled in England and Scotland on her honeymoon; she began her new role of minister’s wife in the
small village of Leaskdale, Ontario; she gave birth three times; and, in August 1914, she watched Canada go to war.
The first publication of Montgomery’s Ontario journals in 1987 contained only a selection of her entries. Published now for the first time is the complete record of her life from 1911 to 1917. Her journal entries are a spellbinding account of the small and the large, the tragic and the humorous. She delights in the birth of her first son, but life soon becomes more troubling. A second baby is stillborn on the eve of World War I. By the time her third son is born, war has become a disquieting reality, with local boys dying overseas.
Montgomery’s record of international conflict and politics is fascinating. She would draw on this record later for her novel about the Canadian home front during World War 1, Rilla of Ingleside (1921). Another new Rocks Mills edition,
Readying Rilla: L.M. Montgomery Reworks her Manuscript (2016) reveals her process of creatively editing the narrative of women’s lives during wartime.
All of Montgomery’s original photography is here, digitally enhanced (including over 250 photographs, many of which have never been published before). This edition also contains carefully researched new notes, with updated historical background.
A new preface by historian Jonathan Vance is lively and insightful.
L.M. MONTGOMERY, OBE (1874–1942) wrote over 20 books in her life, including Anne of Green Gables (1908), Rilla of Ingleside (1921) and Emily of New Moon (1923). She also kept a series of journals from the age of fifteen to the end of her life.
340 pages • 6 X 9 • paperback • includes preface by Jonathan Vance • index • index of photographs • completely new annotation • 258 b/w photographs