The Fragrance of Sweet-Grass: L.M. Montgomery's Heroines and the Pursuit of Romance

By Elizabeth Rollins Epperly

© 1993

When it originally appeared, Elizabeth Rollins Epperly’s The Fragrance of Sweet-Grass was one of the first challenges to the idea that L.M. Montgomery’s books were unworthy of serious study. Examining all of Montgomery’s fiction, Epperly argues that Montgomery was much more than a master of the romance genre and that, through her use of literary allusions, repetitions, irony, and comic inversions, she deftly manipulated the normal conventions of romance novels. Focusing on Montgomery’s memorable heroines, from Anne Shirley to Emily Byrd Starr, Valancy Stirling, and Pat Gardiner, Epperly demonstrates that Montgomery deserves a place in the literary canon not just as the creator of Anne of Green Gables but as an artist in her chosen profession.

Since its publication more than twenty years ago, The Fragrance of Sweet-Grass has become a favourite of scholars, writers, and Montgomery fans. This new edition adds a preface in which Epperly discusses the book’s contribution to the ongoing research on the life and writing of L.M. Montgomery, reflects on how Montgomery studies have flourished over the past two decades, and suggests new ways to approach and explore the Canadian writer’s work.

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Focusing on Montgomery’s memorable heroines, Epperly demonstrates that Montgomery deserves a place in the literary canon not just as the creator of Anne of Green Gables but as an artist in her chosen profession.

The Fragrance of Sweet-Grass: L.M. Montgomery's Heroines and the Pursuit of Romance

By Elizabeth Rollins Epperly

© 1993

When it originally appeared, Elizabeth Rollins Epperly’s The Fragrance of Sweet-Grass was one of the first challenges to the idea that L.M. Montgomery’s books were unworthy of serious study. Examining all of Montgomery’s fiction, Epperly argues that Montgomery was much more than a master of the romance genre and that, through her use of literary allusions, repetitions, irony, and comic inversions, she deftly manipulated the normal conventions of romance novels. Focusing on Montgomery’s memorable heroines, from Anne Shirley to Emily Byrd Starr, Valancy Stirling, and Pat Gardiner, Epperly demonstrates that Montgomery deserves a place in the literary canon not just as the creator of Anne of Green Gables but as an artist in her chosen profession.

Since its publication more than twenty years ago, The Fragrance of Sweet-Grass has become a favourite of scholars, writers, and Montgomery fans. This new edition adds a preface in which Epperly discusses the book’s contribution to the ongoing research on the life and writing of L.M. Montgomery, reflects on how Montgomery studies have flourished over the past two decades, and suggests new ways to approach and explore the Canadian writer’s work.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 322 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘Epperly’s discerning treatment of the heroines should prove of interest not only to Montgomery devotees but to any reader interested in social history and particularly in attitudes toward women reflected in popular fiction.’
    Genevieve Wiggins
    American Review of Canadian Studies

    ‘Now you don't have to hide that Montgomery novel when an intellectual friend drops by. Flaunt it and enjoy.’
    Patricia Morley
    Ottawa Citizen

    ‘[The] first book-length critical study of L.M. Montgomery’s works ... There is no doubt that Epperly’s work will be valued as a reference for Montgomery scholars and teachers of Canadian literature and children’s literature.’
    Lalage Grauer
    University of Toronto Quarterly
  • Author Information

    Elizabeth Rollins Epperly is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Prince Edward Island. She is a past president of UPEI and the founder of its L.M. Montgomery Institute.
  • Table of contents

    Preface to the 2014 Edition
    Permissions
    Acknowledgements
    Abbreviations
    Introduction

    Part I: Anne

    Romancing the Voice: Anne of Green Gables
    Romance Awry: Anne of Avonlea
    Recognition: Anne of the Island
    ‘This Enchanted Shore’: Anne’s House of Dreams
    Heroism’s Childhood: Rainbow Valley
    Womanhood and War: Rilla of Ingleside
    Recapturing the Anne World: Anne of Windy Poplars and Anne of Ingleside

    Part II: Emily

    The Struggle for Voice: Emily of New Moon
    Testing the Voice: Emily Climbs
    Love and Career: Emily’s Quest

    Part III: The Other Heroines

    Romancing the Home: Pat of Silver Bush, Mistress Pat, Jane of Lantern Hll
    A Changing Heroism: An Overview of the Other Novels

    Epilogue
    Notes
    Works Cited
    Index

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