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Anne of Green Gables
1908. MONTGOMERY, L.M.Anne of Green Gables.Boston: L.C. Page, 1908.First edition, first issue, of Montgomery?'s first novel, illustrated with eight plates by M.A. and W.A.J. Claus. A most desirable copy of this scarce children?'s classic. A lovely very nearly fine copy, exceptional in this condition.The story of the red-haired orphan Anne Shirley and the elderly brother and sister who adopt her ?"is the most popular and enduring of a host of girls?' stories published in the United States and Canada in the first years of the 20th century?" (Carpenter & Pritchard, 25-26). ?"Montgomery began writing about Anne as a serial for a Sunday school periodical in the spring of 1904. The character became so real that she eventually decided to develop the idea into a full novel. Much as would later with readers, Anne took hold of her creator, developing into a feisty, imaginative little being who demanded to be noticed and loved?" (Keeline, 41). The novel was completed in 1905, but was rejected by four major American publishing houses, and it was not until 1907 that Montgomery found a publisher. The best seller that would make the remote Canadian province of Prince Edward Island known around the globe was not to be published in Montgomery?'s native Canada until 1942, the year Montgomery died.Montgomery?'s ?"mother died when she was two, and she was sent to live with her maternal grandparents in their farmhouse. In character she seems to have much resembled her heroine Anne. She became a teacher, but gave it up to look after her widowed grandmother?" (Carpenter & Pritchard, 356). ?"By age 21 she was earning her living in the thriving periodical market of turn-of-the-century North America. International acclaim came in 1908 with the publication of her first novel, Anne of Green Gables, which instantly became-and remains-a best seller… there is energy of another type that animates Montgomery?'s books, which retain a strong hold on adult readers. It is the energy of social critique, and it operates just below the surface of many of her novels. Anne and Emily, her two best-known and best-developed heroines, may fulfill their womanly duty by marrying the saccharine-sweet boy next door, but not before each voices loud and angry criticisms of the way in which girls, orphans, and other disempowered members of society are ignored and trivialized?" (Silvey, 465-66).Keeline, 41-43. Peter Parley to Penrod, 124.Occasional light foxing, a few corners creased. Marginal paper restoration to title page. Cloth exceptionally nice with only very light rubbing to spine, slightest soiling. Only minor rubbing to mounted cover illustration. A lovely copy in very nearly fine condition. Elusive and desirable.
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