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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Lucy Maud Montgomery's Missing Stories

Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, has been in the news recently.  This past spring, CBC and Netflix released the first season of the latest version of the much-adapted story of Anne Shirley.  I have yet to watch the series but its reviews have certainly caught my attention.  The series has been called grim, bleak, and gloomy (http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/05/anne-of-green-gables-netflix-review-anne-with-an-e-bleak-sad-wrong).  Others have called it “the darkest, truest rendering to date of what being a redheaded orphan in 1890s Prince Edward Island would have been like” (https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/television/breaking-bad-writer-brings-dark-sensibility-to-anne-of-green-gables/article34336503/).  It has also been labelled super dark and feminist: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/03/16/cbc-anne-the-series_n_15406054.html.

Last week a collection of 21 newly-discovered L. M. Montgomery stories was published.  After Many Years: Twenty - One "Long Lost" Stories by L.M. Montgomery brings together pieces originally published between 1900 and 1939 that haven't been in print since their initial periodicals.  While Montgomery's early works were geared for children, her stories written after Anne of Green Gables (published in 1908) featured more adult characters and appealed to more adult readers.  Apparently, the hunt is still on for about 50 more missing stories.  See http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/lucy-maud-montgomery-lost-stories-published-1.4189787 for the story behind the search.