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The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery Volume I: 1889-1910 Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery Volume I: 1889-1910

L.M. Montgomery, the famous Canadian writer, starts a journal in her childhood, determined to write about interesting things, rather than just the weather. This, the fist of five volumes of her journals, details her life at school and her eventual success as a writer. As a child, Montgomery is raised by her grandparents in Prince Edward Island.

When still a child, she visits her father in the Prairies, where he has settled with a new wife. The daughter and new wife find it difficult to co-exist, and Montgomery longs for home. She returns to Prince Edward Island, where she helps her grandparents while pursuing writing in the little spare time she has. She helps in the post office her grandfather runs and even travels to Halifax to work on the newspaper. Prince Edward keeps drawing her home, however.

For some time, she works as a teacher. She finds love in Herman Leard, but class differences keep them apart. Montgomery rejects a few proposals and continues to live with her grandparents. Eventually, her fist book, Anne of Green Gables, is published by an American publishing house, after many rejections. Once she is a successful writer, Montgomery chooses to marry a Presbyterian minister. However, the couple must wait until Montgomery's grandmother no longer needs her.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   Canadian

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged    -   like laughing Pictures/Illustrations?    -   More 6-10 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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