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The Blythes Are Quoted to Join Penguin Canada Modern Classics

I’m thrilled to announce that my edition of L.M. Montgomery’s rediscovered final book, The Blythes Are Quoted, which Penguin Canada published in 2009, will be republished in October 2017 as part of the Penguin Canada Modern Classics imprint! It can be pre-ordered through the Penguin Random House Canada website and through all book vendors.

Given that 2017 marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of Montgomery’s death, and given that the typescript for the book was apparently delivered to her publisher the very day of her death (which was interpreted by her family as a suicide), I am especially pleased that the book will be released again during this anniversary year.

More details about this new edition, including cover art, will be published here as soon as they’re available!

[Also, although I’ve been blogging for well over a decade, I believe this is the very first time I blogged on all four of my websites today: this website, L.M. Montgomery Online, The Little House Archive, and The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Archive.]


  1. Amanda

    Is the 2017/2018 Penguin Canada Modern Classics version an abridgement of the 2009 version you edited, or is it just a different introduction/afterward? Sorry to comment, but it’s unclear from the post you have comparing the editions, and super vague on the publishers website!

    • Benjamin Lefebvre

      Thanks for your question, Amanda! The 2018 Modern Classics edition is identical to the first 2009 edition of The Blythes Are Quoted as far as Montgomery’s text is concerned (it even has the same layout and pagination); we just made some updates to the supplementary material, including my introduction (first published as the afterword) and Elizabeth Epperly’s afterword (first published as the foreword). Sorry for the confusion!

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