A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917

By L.M. Montgomery
Edited by Benjamin Lefebvre

© 2018

Years before she published her internationally celebrated first novel, Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery (1874–1942) started contributing short works to periodicals across North America. While these works consisted primarily of poems and short stories, she also experimented with a wider range of forms, particularly during the early years of her career, at which point she tested out several authorial identities before settling on the professional moniker "L.M. Montgomery."

A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917 is the first in a series of volumes collecting Montgomery’s extensive contributions to periodicals. Leading Montgomery scholar Benjamin Lefebvre discusses these so-called miscellaneous pieces in relation to the works of English-speaking women writers who preceded her and the strategies they used to succeed, including the decision to publish under gender-neutral signatures. Among the highlights of the volume are Montgomery’s contributions to student periodicals, a weekly newspaper column entitled "Around the Table," a long-lost story narrated first by a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage and then by the man she wishes she had married instead, and a new edition of her 1917 celebrity memoir, "The Alpine Path." Drawing fascinating links to Montgomery’s life writing, career, and fiction, this volume will offer scholars and readers alike an intriguing new look at the work of Canada’s most enduringly popular author.

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  • Series: The L.M. Montgomery Library
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  • Page Count: 454 pages
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This book collects a majority of Montgomery’s early and non-fiction publications across a variety of forms and places them in the context of her career and the narrative strategies of women authors in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917

By L.M. Montgomery
Edited by Benjamin Lefebvre

© 2018

Years before she published her internationally celebrated first novel, Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery (1874–1942) started contributing short works to periodicals across North America. While these works consisted primarily of poems and short stories, she also experimented with a wider range of forms, particularly during the early years of her career, at which point she tested out several authorial identities before settling on the professional moniker "L.M. Montgomery."

A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917 is the first in a series of volumes collecting Montgomery’s extensive contributions to periodicals. Leading Montgomery scholar Benjamin Lefebvre discusses these so-called miscellaneous pieces in relation to the works of English-speaking women writers who preceded her and the strategies they used to succeed, including the decision to publish under gender-neutral signatures. Among the highlights of the volume are Montgomery’s contributions to student periodicals, a weekly newspaper column entitled "Around the Table," a long-lost story narrated first by a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage and then by the man she wishes she had married instead, and a new edition of her 1917 celebrity memoir, "The Alpine Path." Drawing fascinating links to Montgomery’s life writing, career, and fiction, this volume will offer scholars and readers alike an intriguing new look at the work of Canada’s most enduringly popular author.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: The L.M. Montgomery Library
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 454 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Outstanding scholarship! Few scholars are in the same league as Benjamin Lefebvre. This volume adds to the scholarship on Montgomery’s life and publications with extensive research tracking down the material Montgomery alluded to in her journals and included in clippings in her scrapbooks."


    Lesley Clement, Department of English, Lakehead University

    "Including rare travel narratives, personal essays, and newspaper columns written by L.M. Montgomery, Benjamin Lefebvre’s book sheds light on the wide range of styles apparent in Montgomery’s work, while also contextualizing these texts within the world of Canadian women’s writing at this period."


    Margaret Steffler, Department of English Literature, Trent University
  • Author Information

    Benjamin Lefebvre, editor of The L.M. Montgomery Library, is director of L.M. Montgomery Online. His publications include an edition of Montgomery’s rediscovered final book, The Blythes Are Quoted, and the three-volume critical anthology The L.M. Montgomery Reader, which won the 2016 PROSE Award for Literature from the Association of American Publishers. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario.
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations
    Acknowledgments
    A Note on the Author
    Abbreviations
    Preface
    A Note on the Text

    Part 1: Early and Student Publications
    The Wreck of the "Marco Polo"
    A Western Eden
    From Prince Albert to P.E. Island
    The Usual Way
    Extracts from the Diary of a Second Class Mouse
    High School Life in Saskatchewan
    Valedictory
    "Portia" – A Study
    "Which Has the Most Patience under the Ordinary Cares and Trials of Life – Man or Woman?"
    Crooked Answers
    The Bad Boy of Blanktown School
    James Henry, Truant
    A Girl's Place at Dalhousie College
    To the Editor

    Part 2: Maud Montgomery, Newspaper Woman
    A Half-Hour in an Old Cemetery
    Around the Table
    Half an Hour with Canadian Mothers
    Christmas Shopping in Halifax Stores
    Many Admiring Glances Bestowed upon Graduates
    Netted Doily
    Innocent Irreverence

    Part 3: The Upward Climb to Heights Sublime
    Two Sides of a Life Story
    The Alpine Path: The Story of My Career

    Afterword
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index