Since its publication in 1908, Anne of Green Gables has been an enduring bestseller and
arguably Canada’s most famous novel.
This Norton Critical Edition offers an unrivaled selection of contextual and critical
material, edited by two leading Montgomery scholars. “Backgrounds” brings together fourteen
relevant excerpts from Montgomery’s journals, letters, and juvenilia along with literary
selections from, among others, Sir Walter Scott, Byron, Caroline Oliphant, Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow, and Louisa May Alcott. The cultural context of Anne of Green Gables is explored
through the writings of Carole Gerson, Kate Wood, and Mary Henley Rubio. “Criticism” is divided
into “Early Reviews and Responses” and “Modern Critical Views.” Eight reviews from 1908 to
1942 include Canadian, American, and British assessments. Critical essays are provided by,
among others, Northrop Frye, Elizabeth Epperly, T. D. MacLulich, Juliet McMaster, Carol
Shields, Margaret Atwood, and Elizabeth Waterston. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography
are also included.