Anne Of Green Gables
The Canadian author, Lucy Montgomery
created a timeless character and a classic novel when she wrote
Anne of Green Gables. Published in 1908, the book became a firm
favorite, especially with children. Montgomery set the story in
her own childhood home of Prince Edward Island around a
fictional town called Avonlea. It is the scenic, rural
countryside that is evocatively depicted.
The main character of Anne Shirley is a feisty, talkative,
high-spirited girl who has a strong imagination. The novel
begins when she is eleven and concludes when she is sixteen.
She is an orphan who is sent mistakenly to live with an
unmarried brother and sister, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. The
Cuthberts are thrown into confusion when she arrives as they
were promised a boy who could help on their farm. The timid
brother and straight-laced sister don't know what to do with
the thin, red haired little girl. Gradually, they all form a
bond and Anne of Green Gables grows into a mature young woman
under her guardians' influence.
The success of the book has led to various adaptations and a
tourism industry. Fans of the story like to seek out the actual
places that Montgomery drew inspiration from, something that
Prince Edward Island has financially benefited from. It is
particularly popular in Japan and has been translated into
seventeen languages. The story has even been produced as an
anime TV series in Japan. Montgomery, who lived from 1874-1942
was quite prolific and wrote several short stories and poems.
She also wrote seven sequels to the original Anne of Green
Gables novel, taking Anne to the age of fifty-four at the end
of the final book.
There have been two theatrical movie adaptations, a silent
film in 1919 and a black and white film from 1934 with Dawn
O'Day playing Anne. Five made for television movies were also
produced, the first being in 1956 and the last one in 2000. A
TV series that ran from 1989-1996 called Road to Avonlea was
based on the original novel and some of the sequels. Strangely,
it did not feature Anne but concentrated on the other
characters. Two stage musicals have been produced; Anne and
Gilbert, The Musical and Anne of Green Gables, The Musical.
The stories will continue to delight each generation as
parents pass them down to their children. The books are
especially pleasing to girls, who don't have many heroines in
literature to aspire to. Montgomery's tale still resonates with
the modern reader and that is why Anne of Green Gables has