L.M. Montgomery kept scrapbooks all her life in addition to her letters, poems, short stories and journals.
As I turn the pages and look at the style of scrapbooker that L.M. Montgomery my imagination is telling a story. I hear the thoughts in my mind as I see pieces of scrap fabric, splinters of wood, and yellowed paper invitations.
The story begins to unfold. At a mature age of 14, I see her standing in front of many onlookers. Her pastoral dress is handmade from recycled woolen grey material and she wears it proudly. Ready to recite she stand steady straight and tall. The first words won’t come, embarrassed she runs out of the church and down the two wooden cracked steps and stops short of an oak tree, beneath her feet a small patch of pansies.
Her scrapbooks have a few bits pasted into them of splinters from those steps, pieces of material, a large oak leaf and a beautiful pansy. This can all be seen from her scrapbooks that are around the Island today. In the Birth Place of L.M. Montgomery in New London her scrapbooks are on display.
A collection of her work is displayed in a recent published book, “Imagining Anne.”
Her Island scrapbooks from the years 1893 to 1910, provide a revealing look into her world and her inspiration during the period when she created the beloved character of Anne Shirley, while living in Atlantic Canada as a college student, teacher, and writer. In celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the publication of Anne of Green Gables, Montgomery scholar Elizabeth Rollins Epperly has selected and annotated more than one hundred pages of these scrapbooks to produce a beautiful gift book for Montgomery readers, history buffs, and scrapbook enthusiasts.