Wheel of Things : A Biography of L.M. Montgomery


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(MONTGOMERY, L.M.). GILLEN, Mollie. The Wheel of Things : A Biography of L.M. Montgomery, Author of Anne of Green Gables. (Don Mills) : Fitzhenry & Whiteside, (1975). Pp (20),1-200,(4),+ 32 pp.photos. 8vo, brown cloth. Russell 1955. "L.M. Montgomery is known to millions of fans the world over as thecreator of Canada's most famous redhead, Anne of Green Gables. Yet despite her literary fame, Maud Montgomery is little known as a person. She is so thoroughly identified with her famous heroine that the creator runs the risk of being overshadowd by her creation. 'Anne', of course, is not autobiographical, but it is hard not to believe that the trials and tribulations of that spunky little orphan do not reveal the inner longings and aspirations of the Maud Montgomery who was born in the tiny P.E.I. village of Clifton in 1874, and grew up in Cavendish, on the north shore of the island. Nor didMaud Montgomery offer the world an alternative vision of herself; she alwa ys avoided talking publicly about herself in any depth or detail. Fortunately, during most of her lifetime she carried on a private correspondence with two men - true kindred spirits - Ephraim Weber, a schoolteacher in Saskatchewan, and George Boyd MacMillan, a journalist in Alloa , Scotland. The Weber letters have long been lodged in the Public Archives of Canada. The MacMillan letters vanished. In a remarkable feat of literary detective work Mollie Gillen has tracked down and rescued this treasure trove of some eightylo ng letters from its dusty resting place - a trunk which had passed into the possession of MacMillan's nephew. The Maud Montgomery revealed by the MacMillan letters is a complex, contradictory figure. A self-reliant young woman who successfully tri ed her hand at both teaching and journalism, sheabandoned her independent existence and returned to the rural isolation of Cavendish to care for her widowed grandmother through thirteen long years. A sensitive poet, she was also a hardboiled profe ssional writer who knew how to grit her teeth and produce for the market - and rejoice when the cheque came in. A passionate free spirit, she married Presbyterian minister Ewan Macdonald and imposed on herself the strict and confining role of minis ter's wife. L.M. Montgomery has contributed unforgettable characters and images to the pages of.literature. With this study, (she) takes her proper place in the pages of Canadian - and world - literary biography." - from the dust jacket. Gift inscription to ffep, else very good in nicked dust jacket. 22.50

Title: Wheel of Things : A Biography of L.M. Montgomery

Author Name: MONTGOMERY, L.M. GILLEN, Mollie

Categories: 888,

Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1975, ISBN:0889020183:

Seller ID: 22149