A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917

A Name for Herself: Selected Writings 1891–1917 (temporary cover)By L.M. Montgomery
Edited by Benjamin Lefebvre
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018. Approx. 480 pp.
Rights Sold: World
Series: The L.M. Montgomery Library

Publishing History

Trade paperback, forthcoming in September 2018
Unjacketed hardcover, forthcoming in October 2018


Years before she published her internationally celebrated first novel, Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery (1874–1942) started contributing short works to periodicals across North America. While these works consisted primarily of poems and short stories, she also experimented with a wider range of forms, particularly during the early years of her career, at which point she experimented with several authorial identities before settling on the professional moniker “L.M. Montgomery.”

In A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917, the first in a series of volumes collecting Montgomery’s extensive periodical pieces, leading Montgomery scholar Benjamin Lefebvre collects the majority of these so-called “miscellaneous” pieces and discusses them in relation to the English-speaking women writers who preceded her and the strategies they used to succeed, including the decision to publish under a gender-neutral signature. Among the highlights of the volume are Montgomery’s contributions to student periodicals, a weekly newspaper column entitled “Around the Table,” a long-lost story narrated first by a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage and then by the man she wishes she had married instead, and a new edition of her 1917 celebrity memoir, “The Alpine Path.” Drawing fascinating links to Montgomery’s life writing, career, and fiction, this volume will offer scholars and readers alike an intriguing new look at the work of Canada’s most enduringly popular author.

Benjamin Lefebvre, PhD, editor of The L.M. Montgomery Library, is director of L.M. Montgomery Online. His publications include an edition of Montgomery’s rediscovered final book, The Blythes Are Quoted, and the three-volume critical anthology The L.M. Montgomery Reader, which won the 2016 PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario.


List of Illustrations


A Note on the Author



A Note on the Text

Part 1: Early and Student Publications

Part 2: Maud Montgomery, Newspaper Woman

Part 3: The Upward Climb to Heights Sublime






“Outstanding scholarship! Few scholars are in the same league as Benjamin Lefebvre. This volume adds to the scholarship on Montgomery’s life and publications with extensive research tracking down the material Montgomery alluded to in her journals and included in clippings in her scrapbooks.”
—Lesley Clement, Department of English, Lakehead University

“Including rare travel narratives, personal essays, and newspaper columns written by L.M. Montgomery, Benjamin Lefebvre’s book sheds light on the wide range of styles apparent in Montgomery’s work, while also contextualizing these texts within the world of Canadian women’s writing at this period.”
—Margaret Steffler, Department of English Literature, Trent University


A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917 at L.M. Montgomery Online


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