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The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 [Hardcover]

Mary Henley Rubio , Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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June 15 2012
The first edition of The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery was published in the 1980s, with fifty percent of the material removed to save space, as well as to reflect a quaint, marketable vision of small-town Canada. The editors were instructed to excise anything that was not upbeat or did not "move the story along." The resulting account of Montgomery's youthful life in Prince Edward Island depicts a fun-loving, simple country girl. The unabridged journal, however, reveals something quite different.


We now know that Montgomery was anything but simple. She was often anxious, bitter, dark, and political, although always able to see herself and her surroundings with a deep ironic - and often comical - twist. The unabridged version shows her using writing as a means of managing her own mood swings, as well as her increasing dependency on journal keeping, and her ambition as a writer. She was also exceedingly interested in men. We see here a more developed portrait of what she herself described as a "very uncomfortable blend" between "the passionate Montgomery blood and the Puritan Macneill conscience." Full details describe the impassioned events during which she describes becoming a "new creature," "born of sorrow … and hopeless longing."


In addition, this unedited account is a striking visual record, containing 226 of her own photographs placed as she placed them in her journals, as well as newspaper clippings, postcards, and professional portraits, all with her own original captions. New notes and a new introduction give key context to the history, the people, and the culture in the text. A new preface by Michael Bliss draws some unexpected connections.


The full PEI journals tells a fascinating tale of a young woman coming of age in a bygone rural Canada, a tale far thornier and far more compelling than the first selected edition could disclose.

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"Reading these pages and examining the teenaged Montgomery's photographs, we are given a full and intimate look into the development of an astonishingly gifted young writer's life and work." --Jane Urquhart

"compelling reading." --The Prairie Journal

"Fascinating." l--The Toronto Star

"A fascinating reading experience." --The Globe and Mail

"All photographs that Montgomery inserted into her manuscript are now embedded in the text, creating a multi-media impact - and the result is beautiful." --Chronicle Herald

About the Author

Mary Henley Rubio is professor emerita at the University of Guelph. Her biography Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings (Doubleday, 2008) was nominated for British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and has successfully sold across the world. Rubio's other publications include co-editing with Elizabeth Hillman Waterston five volumes of The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery (Oxford University Press, 1985-2005).


Elizabeth Hillman Waterston, FRCS, O.Ont., is professoremerita at the University of Guelph. Her critical work, Magic Island: The Fictions of L.M. Montgomery (Oxford, 2008), considers all of Montgomery's novels in the context of a richly textured imaginative landscape. Other books by Waterston include Rapt in Plaid: Canadian Literature and the Scottish Tradition (University of Toronto Press, 2003) and Children's Literature in Canada (Simon and Schuster, 1992), as well as two recent novels: Passion Spent (Lulu, 2007) and At the Corner of Hope (Borealis, 2008).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good insight March 3 2013
By lchene
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This books brings the personnal thoughts of Maud Montgomery and so much insight into her life and her litterary works.
After reading the book, I read again the Anne of Green Gables series with so much more enjoyment.
The comments by Mrs Rubio add to the insight of a life and times of this great author!
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Nice edition, illustrated with contemporary pictures, many of which were originally taken by L.M. Montgomery, herself.
Authentic, unabridged diary entries - fun to read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The REAL Maud Montgomery Oct. 3 2012
By Corey A. Doyle - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a huge fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery ever since I fell in love with Anne of Green Gables when I was 5 years old. Despite reading all of her works (The Blue Castle is my favorite) I never really read up much on Maud herself until after I visited Prince Edward Island in 2006. I saw so many quotes and things about her everywhere I went that I decided to read her journals and picked up the first at the bookstore on the site where her home used to be. I really enjoyed the journals and eventually read all of them but I always was sad when I saw the dreaded ... as things would just seem... off sometimes in those entries. I had, at the time, believed though that things were edited out for monotony.

This year I find that they are re-releasing the first journal with ALL entries present and I quickly preordered my copy from Amazon. It took a while for a copy to find its way to me but I was glad when it finally did and I jumped right in. I immediately liked how much better the new version is formatted - with all of the pictures within the texts and the footnotes at the bottom of each page rather than at the back of the book.

The journal itself is hard to describe. I remember when reading the journals originally, I thought that it was odd how Maud went from this happy go lucky girl to this somber, sad woman as the years went on. However, now with all of the entries put back in, one can see that she was always a bit moody and prone to the blues from an early age. While her blues seem to have been more prevalent as the years went on, it's not something that stared with her marriage, it was with her long before that. I also liked being able to read more of her verbose entries about the landscapes.

I feel after reading this journal in full I have a better understanding of who Maud was and I like her a lot more. I'm very glad they decided to redo these and hope that there is more to come!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal Feb. 5 2013
By Mrs. Nancy A. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a Montgomery reader for 30 years and have gobbled up any book by her or about her. I recall getting the first set of journals back in 1990 and being very much caught up in the mind of the author. How great it was to see the daily life of someone who you are very fond of. It was a very intimate glimpse. Since this book is the complete journal without editing, I find it only more interesting and charming. I want to know it all and this book surely gives the insights into Montgomery's mind and what she thinks of those around her. She was not one to mince words. As this is the first journal it is amazing to think that this woman had such an inkling of her skills as a writer to maintain such a volume. I am grateful that she took that time. As your read through the journal, it reads very smoothly and although there are a few dead spots, I think overall it is an even more satisfying read than the edited version. If you are a fan of Montgomery and want to get a taste of the woman behind the writer, then I would recommend this title.
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