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The Story Girl by L. M. Montgomery

The Story Girl by L. M. Montgomery


Toronto : Ryerson, 1966. Hardcover. 365 pages ; 21 cm. A good copy with the decorative dust jacket illustrated by S.R. Wyatt. The dust jacket is however in tattered condition. Foxing to front and rear end papers. As well as the book edges. Pages are age tone and unmarked. Binding is firm and square.

L. M. Montgomery

This is the first Canadian edition of The Story Girl, by the author of Anne of Green Gables. When The Story Girl was originally published, the Toronto Globe wrote of it: "It will be read and, we venture to predict, reread many times, for there is a freshness and sweetness about it which will help to lift the load of care, to cheer the weary and to make brighter still the life of the carefree and the happy."

L. M. Montgomery (Mrs. Ewan MacDonald) has almost a score of other books to her credit and these, like Anne of Green Gables, have grown out of her life. She was born November 20, 1874,v at Clifton, Prince Edward Island. When she was a year old, her mother died and she was brought up by her grandparents at Cavendish, P.E.I. She early showed signs of literary ability, at twelve years of age winning a short story contest sponsored by the Montreal Star. In 1890, when she was sixteen, she spent a year at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, with her father, who had married again. For one winter she attended Dalhousie University, where she was a student of Dr. Archibald MacMechan.

While still in her teens, she taught school at Biddlesford and Ellerslie in P.E.I. She returned to Cavendish, at twenty years of age, to live with her grandmother. Here she met and in 1911, married, the Reverend Ewan MacDonald, who was the Presbyterian minister. They moved to Leaskdale, Ontario, later to Norval, then to Toronto, where they lived from 1935 to 1942. Mrs. MacDonald died in April, 1942, just as the first Canadian edition of her books was coming off the presses.

"Green Gables," together with the farm where Lucy Maud Montgomery grew up, has now been included in the National Park of Prince Edward Island. Many spots in the district, which her writings have made famous, have been preserved as they were described in her books. The "Avonlea" of her novels is the town of Cavendish, which she loved especially for the fact that it was close to the sea. She wrote, later, of her grandparents' farm that it was "twelve miles from a railroad station, twenty-four miles from the nearest town, but only one-half mile from the sea." It was here that her thoughts turned in later years, when she was living in far distant places. And it is here that she is buried, in the village of Cavendish, where she started her literary career.

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