Looking for Anne
How Lucy Maud Montgomery Dreamed up A Literary ClassicBook - 2009
By any standard, Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables is a stunning success. The novel about a plucky redhead from Prince Edward Island has been in print for one hundred years, sold more than 50 million copies, been translated into more than 17 languages (including Braille), and become the focus of international academic attention. But why Anne? How did this little book create such enduring interest? The answer, though more intriguing than even Anne could have imagined, is strangely elusive. In her journal, Maud's quick pen would froth up the tiniest details of her life into dramatic events, but that same pen revealed barely a word about its most famous creationâat least not until many years later. As a result, the novel's secrets have remained sealed for over a century. Looking for Anne: How Lucy Maud Montgomery Dreamed Up a Literary Classic is the untold story of both Anne and her creator. Irene Gammel delves into the life of a writer who found inspiration everywhere she lookedâfrom fashion magazines and American mass market periodicals to the quiet laneways and babbling brooks of her own community. In her early writing, Maud consciously imitated the formula fiction of the day to create marketable stories for juvenile periodicals, religious newspapers, and glamorous women's magazines. But unlike so many writers of her era, Maud was willing to push beyond these boundaries. Ultimately, in the storm that brewed up the novel, she transcended these influences to create a twentieth-century literary classic that would conquer the world. In this revised editionâavailable for the first time in paperbackâGammel includes an epilogue dealing specifically with the rumours surrounding the nature of Montgomery's death. Did she, in fact, commit suicide, and if so, why? Blending biography with cultural history, penetrating and uncensored, Looking for Anne captures both the spirit of Marilla's critical probing for âbald factsâ and Anne's belief in the infinite power of the imagination. It is a must-read for anyone who has ever fallen under the spell of Anne with an âe.â
Publisher: Toronto : Key Porter Books, 2009.
Edition: New ed.
Branch Call Number: 819. 3 MON G 2009
Characteristics: 324 p.,  p. of plates : ill. (some col.), map, ports. (some col.)