New book focuses on L.M. Montgomery and wars
A new book entitled “L.M. Montgomery and War was celebrated recently as one of five exciting new publications inspired by the real and imagined worlds of Prince Edward Island’s renowned L.M. Montgomery.
Co-edited by Andrea McKenzie of York University and Jane Ledwell of P.E.I. and published by McGill-Queen’s University Press, the book is a collection of new research and scholarship on Montgomery’s life and writing in relation to the wars of Montgomery’s lifetime.
“The goal of this book is to restore Montgomery to her rightful place as a major war writer,” says McKenzie. “Montgomery’s life was directly touched by four wars in her lifetime from 1874 to 1942, and she deals with war frequently in her life writing and creative writing. It was part of the landscape of her life.”
“If people think of L.M. Montgomery and war, they most often think of her evocative descriptions of life on the home front during the First World War,” says Ledwell.
“Her best-known novel about war is “Rilla of Ingleside” and, of course, our book includes lots of discussion of this book. But readers will be surprised at how frequently the shadow of war falls over many of Montgomery’s novels, stories and poems.”
McKenzie adds that unlike any other war novels of its time, “Rilla of Ingleside” has been been continuously in print and continuously read and appreciated, for almost a hundred years,
“Yet Montgomery’s importance as a war writer is not acknowledged. It’s time to change that.”
“L.M. Montgomery and War” includes 10 engaging chapters on aspects of Montgomery and war, with expert authors offering historical and literary critical perspectives, and with special emphasis in two chapters on visual imagery.
“The book makes some really interesting insights about women’s war writing and women’s experience of war available to readers in a new way,” says Ledwell. “And the book is very beautifully made, with a handsome cover and a lovely set of colour plates. We couldn’t be prouder of it.”
“The goal of this book is to restore Montgomery to her rightful place as a major war writer. Montgomery’s life was directly touched by four wars in her lifetime from 1874 to 1942, and she deals with war frequently in her life writing and creative writing.” Andrea McKenzie
Andrea McKenzie, left, and Jane Ledwell are shown with their new book, “L.M. Montgomery and War”.