The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery
Vol. 4, 1929-1935Book - 1998
The fourth volume of the immensely successful Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery covers the years from 1929 to 1935, a tumultuous period in the writer's life. By 1929 she was 54 years old and known world-wide as the author of Anne of Green Gables and many other books, yet this was also atime of numerous setbacks. The stock market crash, a drop in royalties from her many books, the need to provide her two sons with a university education, her husband's modest church salary often in arrears, and the fact that many loans she had made to friends and family were not repaid, placedMontgomery in the position where she had to type her own manuscripts for the first time since 1910. She also had to face personal crises as her sons' university results were extremely disappointing, her husband suffered a total nervous breakdown, she had concerns over her own mental state, therewas further controversy in her husband's parish--Norval Presbyterian Church, and Montgomery became the unwilling object of a young woman's declaration of passionate love. Yet this was not a period without joy as well, the volume opens with joyful travels to Prince Edward Island and western Canadaand ends with her looking forward with great excitement to a new life in Toronto.Besides providing an intimate look into the daily life of one of the world's best-loved authors, these journals can also be read as a fascinating social history of Canada in the early twentieth century. Within this volume Montgomery's health concerns provide for intriguing insights into the stateof medical practices. Readers may shudder slightly when a bout of asthma is treated with strychnine tablets or a "bad chill" brings out a compound of arsenic.This is the penultimate volume in the series. Volume V will cover the years from 1935 to the author's death in 1942.
Publisher: Toronto : Oxford University Press, c1998
Branch Call Number: C813.52 MON 1998
Characteristics: xxxi, 439 p. : ill. ; 23 cm