Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901

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Genres: canada
Language: english
Type: Digital

Published as part of a larger collection, this volume features twenty diverse tales penned by the renowned Lucy Maud Montgomery between 1896 and 1901. It offers a glimpse into the early stages of her writing career, showcasing her budding talent and thematic sensibilities before the iconic "Anne of Green Gables" became her defining work.

Themes and Style:

  • Romance and Love: A recurring theme explored through various lenses, from playful youthful crushes to bittersweet tales of loss and longing.
  • Coming-of-Age: Many stories delve into the complexities of navigating life's transitions, particularly for young women facing societal expectations and personal aspirations.
  • Small-Town Life: Set primarily in rural and seaside communities, the stories evoke a nostalgic atmosphere infused with local customs, class dynamics, and close-knit relationships.
  • Moral Dilemmas: Characters often grapple with ethical choices, highlighting the struggles between personal desires and societal pressures.
  • Whimsy and Humor: Witty dialogue, quirky characters, and unexpected situations add a touch of charm and lightheartedness to many narratives.

Notable Stories:

  • "A Case of Trespass": A young man faces consequences after innocently trespassing on forbidden land, leading to a surprising revelation.
  • "A Christmas Inspiration": A lonely woman finds unexpected connection and purpose during the holiday season.
  • "Kismet": A chance encounter leads to a life-altering decision for a young woman yearning for independence.
  • "The Penningtons' Girl": A family secret surfaces, disrupting the life of a seemingly ordinary young woman.
  • "The Red Room": A haunted room becomes the setting for a chilling encounter, testing a woman's courage and beliefs.


This collection offers a charming and insightful introduction to Lucy Maud Montgomery's early storytelling. While less well-known than her later works, it reveals the themes and narrative skills that would blossom in her beloved novels.


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