Twice upon a Time: Selected Stories, 1898–1939

Cover art for /Twice upon a Time: Selected Stories, 1898–1939/, by L.M. Montgomery, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre. The top two-thirds of the cover depict framed images of Anne Shirley, a Caucasian woman with red hair, against a vintage blue wallpaper; the bottom third of the image includes the title, the author's name, and the editor's name against a beige background.

By L.M. Montgomery
Edited by Benjamin Lefebvre
University of Toronto Press, forthcoming in May 2022
Pagination: xxiv + 381 ms. pp.
Rights Sold: World
ISBN: 9781487544126 (paperback), 9781487544157 (hardcover)
Series: The L.M. Montgomery Library

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Although L.M. Montgomery (1874–1942) is best remembered for the twenty-two book-length works of fiction that she published in her lifetime, from Anne of Green Gables (1908) to Anne of Ingleside (1939), she also contributed some five hundred short stories and serials to a wide range of North American and British periodicals from 1895 to 1940. While most of these stories demonstrate her ability to produce material that would fit the mainstream periodical fiction market as it evolved across almost half a century, many of them also contain early incarnations of characters, storylines, conversations, and settings that she would rework for inclusion in her novels and collections of linked short stories.

In Twice upon a Time, the third volume in The L.M. Montgomery Library, Benjamin Lefebvre collects and discusses over two dozen stories from across Montgomery’s career as a short fiction writer, many of them available in book form for the first time. The volume offers a rare glimpse into Montgomery’s creative process in adapting her periodical work for her books, which continue to fascinate readers all over the world.


A Note on the Author



A Note on the Text

Our Uncle Wheeler

A New-Fashioned Flavoring

Miss Marietta’s Jersey

The Old Chest at Wyther Grange

Aunt Ethelinda’s Monument

Aunt Susanna’s Birthday Celebration

The Hurrying of Ludovic

The Little Fellow’s Photograph

The Old South Orchard

The Life-Book of Uncle Jesse

A Garden of Old Delights

A Pioneer Wooing

A Chip of the Old Block

The Indecision of Margaret

Aunt Philippa and the Men

By the Grace of Sarah May

Abel and His Great Adventure

The Schoolmaster’s Bride

Our Neighbors of the Tansy Patch

The Matchmaker

Tomorrow Comes

I Know a Secret


An Afternoon with Mr. Jenkins

Appendix: Dog Monday’s Vigil





Twice upon a Time: Selected Stories, 1898–1939 at L.M. Montgomery Online

Twice upon a Time: Selected Stories, 1898–1939 at University of Toronto Press

The L.M. Montgomery Library at L.M. Montgomery Online

The L.M. Montgomery Library at University of Toronto Press