About the Episode
Carrots, raspberry cordial, puffed sleeves, and a house with green gables. Anne with an “e” continues to be beloved around the world and has made Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island, a popular destination for tourists – both national and international.
Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables was published in 1908 and continues to be a major presence in our culture. Only last year, in 2017, Netflix and CBC released the latest television adaption. 110 years later, Montgomery’s Anne Shirley has had quite a history – she’s been adapted in films, television, radio dramas, anime series, stage performances, and even web series.
But what of the author herself? What can we learn by looking at her life and her role in Canada’s history? What of Prince Edward Island and the incredible influence these novels have had on the historic and literary tourism for this province?
Anne ‘s influence has only increased over the years and today we want to notice the history of this important Canadian figure.
Bala’s Museum. “History.” Bala’s Museum. Accessed May 2018. At http://www.balasmuseum.com/index.php.
Gillen, Mollie. The Wheel of Things: A Biography of L.M. Montgomery, Author of Anne of Green Gables. Don Mills, Ontario: Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited, 1975.
Hammil, Faye. “‘A New and Exceedingly Brilliant Star’: L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables and Mary Miles Minter.” The Modern Language Review, Vol. 101, No. 3 (July 2006), 652-670.
Katz, Brigit. “L.M. Montgomery’s Ontario Home Will Open as a Museum.” SmithsonianMag.com. March 17, 2017. Accessed May 2018. At https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lm-montgomerys-ontario-home-will-open-museum-180962562/.
Lucy Maud Montgomery Institute. “About L.M. Montgomery.” Accessed May 2018. At http://www.lmmontgomery.ca/about/lmm/her-life.
Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario. Accessed May 2018. At http://lucymaudmontgomery.ca/.
MacDonald, Edward. “A Landscape…with Figures: Tourism and Environment on Prince Edward Island.” Acadiensis, Vol. 40, No. 1 (2011), 70-85.
MacDonald, Mitch. “Unexplained allure to Rainbow Valley in Cavendish.” The Guardian. August 21, 2015. Accessed May 2018. At http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/local/unexplained-allure-to-rainbow-valley-in-cavendish-99828/.
To visit KindredSpaces, an online collection of resources related to Lucy Maud Montgomery, click here.
Producers: Robin Mullins and Emily Cuggy
Hosts: Robin Mullins, Keely McCavitt, Nick Bridges
Guest Host: Leanne Gaudet
Researchers: Leanne Gaudet, Sarah Smith, Alice Glaze
Audio Editing: Anna Kuntz, Emily Cuggy, Robin Mullins
Web Content: Emily Cuggy and Robin Mullins
Image Credit: Copyright: Canada Post Corporation; Credit: Library and Archives Canada