I would like to think that L.M. Montgomery needs no introduction.
There, that was short and sweet!
I do believe most of us have at least heard of Anne of Green Gables, the book, the character, that made Montgomery famous. It is difficult now to believe that after several rejections from publishers, Montgomery stuck Anne in a hatbox for some time. She says she wrote Anne for love, not money. Her intended audience was teenaged girls. She never dreamed of worldwide popularity. In a short piece she wrote about her career in 1917, she says that at that time the book had been translated into Swedish and Dutch. When my sisters and I took my mom to P.E.I. a few years ago, we finally had to ask someone in one of the souvenir shops why so many items were printed with oriental characters. We were told that Anne is very popular in Japan. Could Montgomery ever have dreamed that would be possible?
Though there probably isn’t much we need to say here about Anne of Green Gables, Montgomery wrote twenty other novels, many of which are not as familiar to her fans. We hope our reviews of the individual books will help answer such questions as, “What do I read now that I’ve read all the Anne books?” or “Are all of Montgomery’s book appropriate for readers of any age?”
Books We Have (or will have) Reviewed
Pat Gardiner Books
Pat of Silver Bush & Mistress Pat
In light of the highly controversial new Netflix television series based on Anne of Green Gables, we have a response here.