First impression of the beloved story of a young orphan girl sent to Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Very good plus.
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
"Maud imitated the formula fiction of juvenile periodicals, religious newspapers, and glamourous women's magazines, but [...] in a perfect storm of inspiration in the spring of 1905, Maud ultimately transcended these influences to create a twentieth-century literary classic that would conquer the world." – Irene Gammel
Anne's story was inspired in part by Montgomery's own experience as a "charity child," left by her father in the care of her aged grandparents after her mother's death. Determined to become a writer, Montgomery nevertheless wanted to create a heroine with more spunk and passion than what she typically read – a heroine more like her view of herself. This formula proved incredibly powerful, with millions of readers who have enjoyed and related to her realistic, spirited 11-year-old. This is an especially nice copy of one of the rarest of all highspot children's books.
Read more: Blanck, Peter Parley to Penrod; Gammel, Looking for Anne of Green Gables: The Story of L. M. Montgomery and Her Literary Classic.
Boston: L.C. Page & Co, 1908. 7.5'' x 4.75''. Original pale green cloth, gilt-lettered, pictorial paste-on. Fore-edge deckle. Illustrated with 8 plates by M.A. and W.A.J. Claus. Two publisher's catalogues at rear. x, 430, 4, 4 pages. Housed in custom gilt-lettered cloth slipcase. Hinges archivally repaired, spine slightly soiled, cover plate faintly rubbed.
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