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Since its publication in 1908, Anne of Green Gables has been a continuous international best-seller, enjoying successful television adaptations on PBS and The Disney Channel, and captivating children and adults alike with the irresistible charms of its remarkable heroine, Anne Shirley. This wildly imaginative, red-headed chatterbox tries to fit into the narrow confines of Victorian expectations, but her exuberant spirit keeps leaping delightfully beyond the bounds. Indeed, when Maud Montgomery decided to reject ...
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Overview

Since its publication in 1908, Anne of Green Gables has been a continuous international best-seller, enjoying successful television adaptations on PBS and The Disney Channel, and captivating children and adults alike with the irresistible charms of its remarkable heroine, Anne Shirley. This wildly imaginative, red-headed chatterbox tries to fit into the narrow confines of Victorian expectations, but her exuberant spirit keeps leaping delightfully beyond the bounds. Indeed, when Maud Montgomery decided to reject the sermonizing formulas of the children's books of her day, she brought to life a character much closer to Jane Eyre, David Copperfield, and Tom Sawyer--also orphans, like Anne--than to the self-sacrificing, conformist heroines then in demand. In doing so, Montgomery subtly questioned the values of her society--the stifling restraints of its religion and most especially its treatment of women--while giving readers all the pleasures of her considerable story-telling gifts.
Now, in this first fully annotated edition of Anne of Green Gables, readers will appreciate more clearly than ever before the scope and depth of this extraordinary novel. Editors Margaret Anne Doody, Mary Doody Jones, and Wendy Barry provide a richly illustrated, completely revised text, along with hundreds of notes describing the real-life characters and settings Anne encounters, the autobiographical connections between Anne and Maud Montgomery, and the book's astonishing range of literary, biblical, and mythological references. Additional essays offer fascinating background information on such topics as the geography and settlement of Prince Edward Island (where Anne takes place); the education, orphanages, music, and literature of Anne's time; and the horticulture, homemade artifacts, and food preparation that are so prevalent in the story. Margaret Anne Doody supplies a comprehensive introduction, which situates the novel in its literary and social contexts, explores those aspects of Montgomery's life most relevant to the story, examines revisions in the manuscripts, and provides an overall sense of both the impulses that drove Montgomery to write Anne of Green Gables and the larger concerns it dramatizes so compellingly. This edition also contains a chronology of Montgomery's life, an extensive bibliography, songs and poems that appear in the text, and a selection of original reviews of the book. This wealth of material enables readers to grasp the marvelous multi-layeredness of the novel and to understand more fully its place in both its own time and in ours.
Elegantly and beautifully designed, with generous illustrations from previous editions, photographs of the places the novel inhabits, and explanatory drawings that reproduce the texture of Anne's world, The Annotated Anne of Green Gables is a major event in the publishing history of one of the world's most charming stories.

This edition of the classic novel about the Prince Edward Island orphan contains critical material on the work itself and its author, as well as essays, poems, and songs.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jennifer Fakolt
For everyone who has found a kindred spirit in L. M. Montgomery's imaginative and irrepressible "Anne-girl," this book will come as nothing less than a treasure. Clearly a labor of love, this volume is handsomely presented and written with great care and detail. Taking a New Historical approach, the introduction locates the text of Anne of Green Gables within its historical context, and offers scholarly yet accessible and fascinating discussions of the work's "emblems" or symbolisms: the significance of Anne's red hair and orphan status, the role of the imagination, and the reinscription of spirituality within the female and material sphere, among others. An intriguing biography of Montgomery describes similarities between actual figures in her life and those in her writing. The Anne of Green Gables text presented is a restoration of Montgomery's original manuscript; notes explain the editor's changes from its subsequent publications. Annotations of textual references generously fill sidebars and treat the reader to an absolute wealth of information on botany, history, literary allusions, agriculture, cookery, and more. A collection of essays provides marvelous overviews of the conventions, outlooks, trends, and popular culture of the late Victorian and early Edwardian ages that influenced Montgomery's writing and shaped Anne's world. Enhanced with scores of black-and-white photographs, drawings, and reproductions, this truly lovely volume offers a rewarding depth of information for avid Anne lovers hungry to know everything about their heroine, Anne scholars interested in pursuing literary analysis, and any lay person new to the joys of Anne of Green Gables, who is eager to expand the "scope of their imagination." A well-worthwhile purchase. VOYA Codes: 5Q 4P J S (Hard to imagine it being better written, Broad general YA appeal, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
YAThis book opens with a chronology and a lengthy introduction to Lucy Maud Montgomery's life and works. Annotations accompany the text of the novel explaining references to people, places, literary works, quotations, events, flora, fauna, etc. within the narrative. The volume is filled with illustrations from different editions of Anne and photos of Montgomery, her handwritten manuscript, her childhood home, her school, her parents and family, Prince Edward Island, plants, pictures of the times, and more. One section explains the variants among different editions of the work. The appendix includes the geography of the island and Cavendish, the author's childhood home upon which she based Avonlea. Also included are scholarly essays on the history of the Celtic settlers on Prince Edward Island, orphanages and children, education, gardens and plants, home life, food preparation and cookery including contemporary recipes, music and elocution, and literary allusion and quotations in Anne of Green Gables. This well-researched and readable resource will find a wide audience among Montgomery's many fans.John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Booknews
This edition includes scores of b&w illustrations, photography, and drawings, as well as abundant notes, a chronology of Montgomery's life, the text of songs and poems that appear in the book, a selection of original reviews, and essays on the background and context of the novel. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Horn
Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables has reached the status of both children's literary classic and cult phenomenon. Hordes of tourists travel to Prince Edward Island, Canada, each year to pay their respects at Montgomery's shrine. For those unable to visit her home, three serious scholars have annotated the beloved work. A chronology of Montgomery's life and a critical essay open the volume, followed by the annotated text. The information is well-nigh overwhelming, in-cluding the sources of quotations and references, the botanical names of and horticultural information on the many flowers and other flora mentioned in the book, as well as the definition of such words as woodpile and slate. The relationship between events in Montgomery's life and the plot of the book is carefully correlated. The most valuable material is contained in the appendices, which include historic background; local geography (although a map would have been useful); essays on the treatment of orphans; cookery (with recipes) and needlework; complete versions of all of Anne's recital pieces; and contemporary critical reviews. Many period photographs add to the coverage, and the research appears to be so thorough that it seems unlikely that a revised edition of this work will ever be necessary. Those who worship at the feet of the divine Anne Shirley may find that this volume will satisfy all their desires for adulation and information-but those who merely like the book may find it almost too much.
Kirkus Reviews
Anne certainly merits the comprehensive, scholarly study demonstrated in the annotated margins, footnotes, critical essays, asides, and appendices that accompany the original text of Anne of Green Gables. Between these covers lies an entire academic course, covering the kinds of biographical, geographical, literary, and mythological allusions that a good professor would explicate—e.g., that one of Anne's compositions may have been inspired by ideas or phrases in the works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning or George Eliot—but also including colloquial terms, foods, fabrics, plants, expressions, songs, and poetry of Anne's time, and information about Montgomery as well. There's plenty here for scholars and fans; this edition should not be relegated to the reference shelves.
From the Publisher
"Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables has reached the status of both children's literary classic and cult phenomenon.... For those unable to visit her home, three serious scholars have annotated the beloved work.... Many period photographs add to the coverage, and the research appears to be so thorough that it seems unlikely that a revised edition of this work will ever be necessary. Those who worship at the feet of the divine Anne Shirley may find that this volume will satisfy all their desires for adulation and information."—The Horn Book Inc

"There's plenty here for scholars and fans; this edition should not be relegated to the reference shelves."—Kirkus Reviews

"The Annotated Anne of Green Gables will be welcomed by scholars and fans."—The Christian Science Monitor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199880317
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/8/1997
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Margaret Anne Doody is Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. Mary Doody Jones is an independent scholar and an authority on Anne and L.M. Montgomery. Wendy Barry is a Graduate Student in English at Vanderbilt University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Chronology 3
Introduction 9
The Annotated Anne of Green Gables 35
Variants Between Editions 397
Textual Notes 399
The Geography of Anne of Green Gables 415
The Settlers of P.E.I.: The Celtic Influence in Anne 418
The Exceptional Orphan Anne: Child Care, Orphan Asylums, Farming Out, Indenturing, and Adoption 422
Education on P.E.I. 430
Gardens and Plants 434
Homemade Artifacts and Home Life 438
Food Preparation, Cookery, and Home Decoration 443
Breaking the Silence: Music and Elocution 452
Literary Allusion and Quotation in Anne of Green Gables 457
Songs 463
[Nelly of] The Hazel Dell 464
Far Above the [Gentle] Daisies 465
My Home on the Hill 466
Literary Works and Recitation Pieces
The Battle of Hohenlinden 467
Edinburgh After Flodden 467
Bingen on the Rhine 470
On the Downfall of Poland 471
The Dog at His Master's Grave 472
Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight 473
How Sockery Set a Hen 474
Mary, Queen of Scots 475
The Society for the Suppression of Gossip 477
The Fairy Queen 480
Mars La Tour, or, The Maiden's Vow 481
Book Reviews 483
Bibliography 490
Acknowledgments 493
Illustration Credits 495
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