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October 02, 2007

Aunt Susanna's Thanksgiving Dinner

Aunt Susanna's Thanksgiving Dinner by L.M. Montgomery (1907)
After spending many hours searching through microfiche in my university's library, I rediscovered an 100-year-old short story by L.M. Montgomery. The story is called "Aunt Susanna's Thanksgiving Dinner," and you can read it here exclusively. "Aunt Susanna's Thanksgiving Dinner" was originally published in 1907 in The Housewife, the year before Anne of Green Gables was published. To my knowledge this story has never been republished since.

The story is about four sisters: Laura, Kate, Margaret, and Agnes, who narrates the tale. Each girl has her own ambitions. Laura wants to be an artist, Kate plays the violin, Margaret wants to get a college education, and Agnes wants to be a writer. Aunt Susanna faintly approves of Margaret's desire for an education, but disapproves of the artistic, musical, and literary goals of her other three nieces. The sisters try to please Aunt Susanna, hoping their wealthy aunt will send Margaret to college.

The story begins when Aunt Susanna arrives at her nieces's home. She's full of criticism, but also needs a favor. She is in a bind, and must travel from town to visit a sick relative. She needs the girls to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for her and Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert upon their return home. Agnes has just told Aunt Susanna that she's a good cook, so she feels she must agree to prepare the meal. With trepidation, Agnes says she will cook dinner, and Kate volunteers to help her.

Despite the their best efforts, Agnes and Kate's Thanksgiving preparations turn out to be a disaster. Will they be able to save Thanksgiving and win Aunt Susanna's approval?

Read the original scanned story text below or download a PDF version here:

Aunt Susanna's Thanksgiving Dinner by L.M. Montgomery (1907)

Aunt Susanna's Thanksgiving Dinner by L.M. Montgomery (1907)

Updated to add: Long after I posted this story on my website, it was gathered into another collection online.

Reference:
Montgomery, L.M. (1907, November). Aunt Susanna's Thanksgiving Dinner. The Housewife. pages 5 and 14.

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January 15, 2007

After Many Days: Tales of Time Passed

After Many Days: Tales of Time Passed by L.M. Montgomery, 1992 book cover, Bantam Starfire edition

After Many Days: Tales of Time Passed was published in 1991. The book contains 18 of L.M. Montgomery's short stories that were rediscovered and edited by Rea Wilmshurst. The collection includes tales with themes of absence, separation, lost love, and returning home. The stories contained in the volume are listed below with their original publication dates in parentheses:

"After Many Days" (1903)
"The Bride Roses" (1903)
"The Romance of Jedediah" (1912)
"Elizabeth's Child" (1904)
"In the Old Valley" (1906)
"The Prodigal Brother" (1906)
"Robert Turner's Revenge" (1909)
"For a Dream's Sake" (1935)
"The Price" (1930)
"A Golden Wedding" (1909)
"Mrs. March's Revenge" (1904)
"An Unpremeditated Ceremony" (1907)
"Missy's Room" (1907)
"The Story of Uncle Dick" (1906)
"The Romance of Aunt Beatrice" (1902)
"The Setness of Theodosia" (1901)
"Between the Hill and the Valley" (1905)
"The Man Who Forgot" (1932)

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May 26, 2006

At the Altar: Matrimonial Tales

At the Altar: Matrimonial Tales by L.M. Montgomery and edited by Rea Wilmshurst

At the Altar: Matrimonial Tales was published in 1994. The book contains 18 of L.M. Montgomery's short stories that were rediscovered and edited by Rea Wilmshurst. The tales in this collection all involve themes of love conquering obstacles. The stories contained in the volume are listed below with their original publication dates in parentheses:

"Aunt Philippa and the Men" (1915)
"A Dinner of Herbs" (1928)
"Jessamine" (1909)
"The Pennington's Girl" (1900)
"The Gossip of Valley View" (1910)
"The Pursuit of the Ideal" (1904)
"By the Rule of Contrary" (1908)
"Nan" (1904)
"The Wooing of Bessy" (1906)
"Miss Cordelia's Accommodation" (1903)
"The Twins and a Wedding" (1908)
"Them Notorious Pigs" (1904)
"The Dissipation of Miss Ponsonby" (1906)
"An Unconventional Confidence" (1903)
"The Way of Winning Anne" (1899)
"The Touch of Fate" (1899)
"What Aunt Marcella Would Have Called It" (1935)
"When Jack and Jill Took a Hand" (1905)

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Book cover of my Bantam 1995 edition of At the Altar: Matrimonial Tales featuring artwork by Ben Stahl. Photograph by World of Anne Shirley.

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November 29, 2005

The Strike at Putney Church (2005)

Poster for The Strike at Putney Church (2005), a play by Eliza Jane Wilson based on a short story by L.M. Montgomery

The Strike at Putney Church (2005) is a play written by Eliza Jane Wilson that was based on a short story by L.M. Montgomery. The play premiered at The Arts Guild in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on November 17, 2005. The play was produced by ACT (A Community Theatre) and was directed by Paul Whelan.

Eliza Jane Wilson based the play on an L.M. Montgomery short story, titled "The Strike at Putney." This story can be read in the collection Against the Odds: Tales of Achievement, which was edited by Rea Wilmshurst.

The play is described as follows: "It is 1922 in rural PEI. The women of Putney Church are outraged when the elders deny a famous female missionary the opportunity to speak in the church. The women retaliate by going on strike!"

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Poster for The Strike at Putney Church (2005) from the ACT website.

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January 22, 2004

Against the Odds: Tales of Achievement

Against the Odds: Tales of Achievement by L.M. Montgomery and edited by Rea Wilmshurst

Against the Odds: Tales of Achievement
was published in 1993. The book contains 18 of L.M. Montgomery's short stories that were rediscovered and edited by Rea Wilmshurst. Thematically, the tales in this collection all involve struggles against adversity. The stories contained in the volume are listed below with their original publication dates in parentheses:

"A Patent Medicine Testimonial" (1903)
"The Fillmore Elderberries" (1909)
"Dorinda's Desperate Deed" (1906)
"The Genesis of the Doughnut Club" (1907)
"Bessie's Doll" (1914)
"At the Bay Shore Farm" (1904)
"In Spite of Myself" (1896)
"When Mr. Cropper Changed his Mind" (1903)
"How We Went to the Wedding" (1913)
"Ned's Stroke of Business" (1903)
"Their Girl Josie" (1906)
"The Blue North Room" (1906)
"Where There is a Will There is a Way" (1934)
"Lillian's Business Venture" (1900)
"A Question of Acquaintance" (1929)
"A Case of Trespass" (1897)
"A Substitute Journalist" (1907)
"The Strike at Putney" (1903)

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Book cover of my Bantam 1994 edition of Against the Odds: Tales of Achievement featuring artwork by Ben Stahl. Photograph by World of Anne Shirley.

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July 11, 2003

The Doctor's Sweetheart and Other Stories

The Doctor's Sweetheart and Other Stories by L.M Montgomery, Harrap, 1979 book cover


The Doctor's Sweetheart and Other Stories
is a book of short stories by L.M. Montgomery that was published in 1979. It includes short stories found in old magazines and periodicals by Catherine McLay. The collection contains 14 tales, many of which are romantic stories of courtships and reconciliations, as well as stories of orphans and spinsters. The short stories included in this volume and their original publication dates are listed below:

"Kismet" (1899)
"Emily's Husband" (1903)
"The Girl and the Wild Race" (1904)
"The Promise of Lucy Ellen" (1904)
"The Parting of the Ways" (1907)
"The Doctor's Sweetheart" (1908)
"By Grace of Julius Caesar" (1908)
"Akin to Love" (1909)
"The Finished Story" (1912)
"My Lady Jane" (1915)
"Abel and his Great Adventure" (1917)
"The Garden of Spices" (1918)
"The Bride is Waiting" (1932)
"I Know a Secret" (1935)

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June 17, 2003

Along the Shore: Tales by the Sea

Along the Shore: Tales by the Sea by L.M. Montgomery and edited by Rea Wilmshurst

Along the Shore: Tales by the Sea was published in 1989. The book is a collection of 16 of L.M. Montgomery's short stories that were rediscovered and edited by Rea Wilmshurt. Thematically, the tales in this collection all evoke L.M. Montgomery's love of the sea and Prince Edward Island. The stories contained in the volume are listed below with their original publication dates in parentheses:

"The Magical Bond of the Sea" (1903)
"The Life-Book of Uncle Jesse" (1909)
"Mackereling Out in the Gulf" (1905)
"Fair Exchange and No Robbery" (1907)
"Natty of Blue Point" (1904)
"The Light on the Big Dipper" (1906)
"An Adventure on Island Rock" (1906)
"How Don Was Saved" (1904)
"A Soul that Was Not at Home" (1909)
"Four Winds" (1908)
"A Sandshore Wooing" (1903)
"The Unhappiness of Miss Farquhar" (1903)
"A Strayed Allegiance" (1897)
"The Waking of Helen" (1901)
"Young Si" (1901)
"A House Divided Against Itself" (1930)

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Book cover of my Bantam 1993 edition of Along the Shore: Tales by the Sea featuring artwork by Ben Stahl. Photograph by World of Anne Shirley.

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March 02, 2003

Among the Shadows: Tales from the Darker Side

Among the Shadows: Tales from the Darker Side by L.M. Montgomery, 1990 Bantam Cover Art

Among the Shadows: Tales from the Darker Side is a collection of short stories by L.M. Montgomery. The stories were rediscovered, collected, and edited by Rea Wilmshurst and published in 1990. This collection of dark, supernatural, and somber tales includes ghost stories and mysteries. The 19 stories in the collection are listed below with their original publication dates in parentheses:

"The Closed Door" (1934)
"Davenport's Story" (1902)
"The Deacon's Painkiller" (unknown publication date)
"Detected by the Camera" (1897)
"From Out the Silence" (1934)
"The Girl at the Gate" (1906)
"The House Party at Smoky Island" (1935)
"The Man on the Train" (1914)
"The Martyrdom of Estella" (1902)
"Min" (1903)
"Miriam's Lover" (1901)
"Miss Calista's Peppermint Bottle" (1900)
"The Old Chest at Wyther Grange" (1903)
"The Red Room" (1898)
"A Redeeming Sacrifice" (1909)
"The Redemption of John Churchill" (1906)
"Some Fools and a Saint" (1931)
"The Tryst of the White Lady" (1922)
"White Magic" (1921)

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January 27, 2003

Akin to Anne: Tales of Other Orphans

Akin to Anne: Tales of Other Orphans by L.M. Montgomery, 1990 Bantam cover art


Akin to Anne: Tales of Other Orphans
is a collection of short stories by L.M. Montgomery. Editor Rea Wilmshurst rediscovered these tales and published this volume in 1988. The book contains 19 stories about orphans like Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, who are characterized by loneliness, hope, and an ability to persevere and overcome adversity. The stories and their original publication dates are listed below:

"Charlotte's Quest" (1933)
"Marcella's Reward" (1907)
"An Invitation Given on Impulse" (1900)
"Freda's Adopted Grave" (1904)
"Ted's Afternoon Off" (1907)
"The Girl Who Drove the Cows" (1908)
"Why Not Ask Miss Price?" (1904)
"Jane Lavinia" (1906)
"The Running Away of Chester" (1903)
"Millicent's Double" (1905)
"Penelope's Party Waist" (1904)
"The Little Black Doll" (1909)
"The Fraser Scholarship" (1905)
"Her Own People" (1905)
"Miss Sally's Company" (1904)
"The Story of an Invitation" (1901)
"The Softening of Miss Cynthia" (1904)
"Margaret's Patient" (1908)
"Charlotte's Ladies" (1911)

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January 01, 2003

Across the Miles: Tales of Correspondence

Across the Miles: Tales of Correspondence by L.M. Montgomery, 1996

Across the Miles: Tales of Correspondence
was published in 1995 and contains 20 of L.M. Montgomery's stories that were rediscovered and edited by Rea Wilmshurst. It was special to read Rea Wilmshurst's account of how she discovered these stories in her afterward. Each story in some way involves a note, journal, letter, or some form of writing that leads the plot along. The stories contained in the volume are listed below with their original publication dates in parentheses:

"A Correspondence and a Climax" (1905)
"Cyrilla's Inspiration" (1905)
"Miss Sally's Letter" (1910)
"The Understanding of Sister Sara" (1905)
"Aunt Caroline's Silk Dress" (1907)
"The Old Fellow's Letter" (1907)
"The Promissory Note" (1907)
"Anna's Love Letters" (1908)
"At Five O'Clock in the Morning" (1905)
"The Letters" (1910)
"A Fortunate Mistake" (1904)
"The Growing Up of Cornelia" (1908)
"Aunt Susanna's Birthday Celebration" (1905)
"Miss Madeline's Proposal" (1904)
"The Girl and the Photograph" (1915)
"The Jest that Failed" (1901)
"A Millionaire's Proposal" (1907)
"Our Runaway Kite" (1903)
"The Schoolmaster's Letter" (1905)
"The Revolt of Mary Isabel" (1908)

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Across the Miles: Tales of Correspondence by L.M. Montgomery


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December 27, 2002

Christmas with Anne and Other Holiday Stories

Christmas with Anne : And Other Holiday Stories by L.M. Montgomery, Drawing of Anne Shirley holding dress with puffed sleeves.uffed


Christmas with Anne and Other Holiday Stories is a collection of 16 stories by L.M. Montgomery that were gathered and rediscovered by Rea Wilmshurst and published in 1995. Two stories are Christmas chapters from the Anne of Green Gables series, and the other 14 stories are Christmas and New Year stories written by L.M.Montgomery for magazines. The titles of the stories contained in this volume and their original publication dates are listed below:

Matthew Insists on Puffed Sleeves (from Anne of Green Gables, 1908)
Christmas at Red Butte (1909)
The End of the Young Family Feud (1907)
Aunt Cyrilla's Christmas Basket (1903?)
The Osborne's Christmas (1903)
The Unforgotten One (1906)
Clorinda's Gifts (1906)
Katherine Brooke Comes to Green Gables (from Anne of Windy Poplars, 1934)
A Christmas Mistake (1899)
A Christmas Surprise at Enderly Road (1905)
The Falsoms' Christmas Dinner (1906)
A Christmas Inspiration (1901?)
The Josephs' Christmas (1902)
Uncle Richard's New Year Dinner (1910)
Ida's New Year Cake (1905)
Bertie's New Year (1905)


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July 24, 2002

The Road to Yesterday

The Road to Yesterday by L.M. Montgomery


The Road to Yesterday
by L.M. Montgomery was published in 1974. L.M. Montgomery had originally penned this book under the title The Blythes are Quoted, but the book was not published during her lifetime. After L.M. Montgomery's death, her manuscript was discovered by her son, Dr. Stuart MacDonald. The original manuscript for The Blythes are Quoted was divided into two parts taking place before and after World War I. Each part was composed of short stories interspersed with narratives of evenings in Anne and Gilbert Blythe's household with the Blythe family listening to Anne's poems.

In preparing The Road to Yesterday for publication, the narrative sections were removed along with all but one of the poems. The sequence of the short stories was reorganized. All of the stories included in The Road to Yesterday mention members of the Blythe family.

The Road to Yesterday includes the poem "Canadian Twilight" and 14 short stories, which are listed below:

"Canadian Twilight" (poem)
"An Afternoon with Mr. Jenkins"
"Retribution"
"The Twins Pretend"
"Fancy's Fool"
"A Dream Come True"
"Penelope Struts her Theories"
"The Reconciliation"
"The Cheated Child"
"Fool's Errand"
"The Pot and the Kettle"
"Here Comes the Bride"
"Brothers Beware"
"The Road to Yesterday"
"A Commonplace Woman"


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March 12, 2002

Further Chronicles of Avonlea

Further Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery,1954 Cover Art,  George G. Harrap and Co.


Further Chronicles of Avonlea is a collection of short stories by L.M. Montgomery that was published in 1920. The title page of the first impression explains that the stories "have to do with many personalities and events in and about Avonlea, the Home of the Heroine of Green Gables."

In his introduction to the 1920 volume, Nathan Haskell Dole writes,

"There is something in these continued Chronicles of Avonlea, like the delicate art which has made 'Cranford' a classic: the characters are so homely and homelike and yet tinged with beautiful romance! You feel that you are made familiar with a real town and its real inhabitants; you learn to love them and sympathize with them. Further Chronicles of Avonlea is a book to read; and to know."

Further Chronicles of Avonlea contains the following 15 stories:

"Aunt Cynthia's Persian Cat"
"The Materializing of Cecil"
"Her Father's Daughter"
"Jane's Baby"
"The Dream-Child"
"The Brother Who Failed"
"The Return of Hester"
"The Little Brown Book of Miss Emily"
"Sara's Way"
"The Son of His Mother"
"The Education of Betty"
"In Her Selfless Mood"
"The Conscience Case of David Bell"
"Only a Common Fellow"
"Tannis of the Flats"

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Further Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery


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Chronicles of Avonlea

Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery, SeaWolf Press, 2020


Facing the demand for more tales of Anne Shirley and Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery gathered old short stories she had previously published to produce Chronicles of Avonlea in 1912. Originally, these stories bore no mention of Anne or Avonlea, but Montgomery edited them to bring the stories into familiar territory. This collection contains the following 12 stories:

"The Hurrying of Ludovic"
"Old Lady Lloyd"
"Each in His Own Tongue"
"Little Joscelyn"
"The Winning of Lucinda"
"Old Man Shaw's Girl"
"Aunt Olivia's Beau"
"The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's"
"Pa Sloane's Purchase"
"The Courting of Prissy Strong"
"The Miracle at Carmody"
"The End of a Quarrel"


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September 01, 1999

Further Chronicles of Avonlea eTexts and Electronic Books

Further Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery eTexts, Electronic Books, Kindle Books, cover artwork from the 1987 Bantam edition of the novel

Where can I read Further Chronicles of Avonlea online?


Below are external links to read L.M. Montgomery's Further Chronicles of Avonlea online. You can also download the ebook as an epub file, plain text file, or book for your Kindle.

Chronicles of Avonlea

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Chronicles of Avonlea eTexts and Electronic Books

Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery eTexts, Electronic Books, Kindle Books, cover artwork from the 1988 Starfire edition of the novel

Where can I read Chronicles of Avonlea online?


Below are external links to read L.M. Montgomery's Chronicles of Avonlea online. You can also download the ebook as an epub file, plain text file, or book for your Kindle.

Chronicles of Avonlea

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Bibliography of L.M. Montgomery

Book Covers, Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, and Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

L.M. Montgomery was a Canadian author who wrote works that have been read by millions the world over. She was a prolific writer throughout her lifetime, penning over 20 books, including fictional novels, a volume of poetry, and short story collections. She also wrote a book of essays with collaborating authors. L.M. Montgomery achieved her greatest popular success in creating the character Anne Shirley of the Anne of Green Gables series.

L.M. Montgomery's bibliography of works published during her lifetime is listed below:

L.M. Montgomery's Publications
Date
Anne of Green Gables 1908
Anne of Avonlea1909
Kilmeny of the Orchard1910
The Story Girl1911
Chronicles of Avonlea1912
The Golden Road1913
Anne of the Island 1915
The Watchman and Other Poems   1916
Anne's House of Dreams 1917
Rainbow Valley 1919
Further Chronicles of Avonlea1920
Rilla of Ingleside 1921
Emily of New Moon1923
Emily Climbs1925
The Blue Castle1926
Emily's Quest1927
Magic for Marigold1929
A Tangled Web1931
Pat of Silver Bush1933
Courageous Women   
(Essays written with Marian Keith
and Mabel Burns McKinley)
1934
Mistress Pat1935
Anne of Windy Poplars1936
Jane of Lantern Hill1937
Anne of Ingleside1939


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