New book fo­cuses on L.M. Mont­gomery and wars

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY -

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

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

An­drea McKen­zie, left, and Jane Led­well are shown with their new book, “L.M. Mont­gomery and War”.

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