The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery

The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery

The PEI Years, 1889-1900

Book - 2012
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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 some 500 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.

Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press, c2012
Edition: New ed.
ISBN: 9780199002108
Characteristics: xi, 484 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Aug 04, 2015

Just finished reading this book today and was so sad to put it down! L.M. Montgomery's journal entries read just as one of her novels, you really do feel as if you were right there in her circle of friends experiencing it all. Definitely going to pick up the sequel journal to this!

SCLOWATER Jun 06, 2013

I loved this book. I've read all the "selected" journals of L.M. Montgomery too & the new "complete" journals are much better. Now we can see everything LMM wrote. She was a fascinating person.

I'm glad that instead of putting "End Notes" like they did in the "Selected Journals", this time they have put "Foot notes" at the bottom of the pages so you don't have to flip to the back of the book anymore to see the notes. They also changed the format of how they put in pictures that Maud had pasted into her journals. In the selected journals, the editors just took a select few of her pictures & put them all together in the centre of the book. For this new edition of the Complete Journals, they have put every picture Maud pasted into her journals into this book & they put them besides the passages in the journals where Maud had put them so you really get the feeling that you are truly reading & seeing Maud's journals as she created them.

Nov 17, 2012

Interesting journal.

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