Lucy Maud Montgomery

Lucy Maud Montgomery : The Gift of Wings

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Mary Henley Rubio has spent over two decades researching Montgomery's life, and has put together a comprehensive and penetrating picture of this Canadian literary icon, all set in rich social context. Extensive interviews with people who knew Montgomery - her son, maids, friends, relatives, all now deceased - are only part of the material gathered in a journey to understand Montgomery that took Rubio to Poland and the highlands of Scotland. From Montgomery's apparently idyllic childhood in Prince Edward Island to her passion-filled adolescence and young adulthood, to her legal fights as world-famous author, to her shattering experiences with motherhood and as wife to a deeply troubled man, this fascinating, intimate narrative of her life will engage and delight.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 684 pages
  • 158 x 234 x 39mm | 744g
  • India
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0385667604
  • 9780385667609
  • 96,993

Table of contents


The PEI Years 1874—1911

The Leaskdale Years 1911—1926

The Norval Years 1926—1935

The Toronto Years 1935—1942


Select Bibliography

From the Hardcover edition.
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Review quote

"Rubio deftly paints the portrait of a multitasking modern woman with an amazing work ethic. The biography soars with the energy of its title, but delves even deeper into Montgomery's dark side."
-- The Globe and Mail

"A poignant story about a real family.... The result of Rubio's research is pure Canadian Gothic: a story of sexual repression, class conflict and family secrets."
-- The Gazette (Montreal) "Absolutely gripping ... nothing short of brilliant, an un-put-downable read, and a wonderful examination of this troubled woman's tragic life."
-- Ottawa Citizen

-- National Post
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About Mary Henley Rubio

Mary Henley Rubio is University Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph. She co-edited The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery (five volumes, 1985-2004), co-authored Writing a Life: L.M. Montgomery, and edited Harvesting Thistles: The Textual Garden of L.M. Montgomery. Her most recent book is the Norton Critical Edition of Anne of Green Gables.
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