Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables series

Title: Anne of Green Gables

Author: L.M. Montgomery 

Synopsis: Anne Shirley is an 11-year-old orphaned girl, who is mistakenly sent to be adopted by unmarried, middle-aged siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert on Prince Edwards Island in Canada. The Cuthberts expected a boy to help them on their farm, and Anne is devastated at the thought of returning to her life as a foster child. Anne's imagination and vivid spirit carry her forward, and we follow her daily life and tribulations as she wins over our hearts. 

Genre: Coming-of-age, Children's Fiction, Young Adult

Originally Published in: 1908

Original Publisher:  L.C. Page & Co. of Boston.  Anne of Green Gables was originally published as a Sunday school serial. 

Anne of Green Gables

Books in the Series: 

  • Anne of Green Gables 
  • Anne of the Island 
  • Anne of Avonlea 
  • Anne of Windy Poplar 
  • Anne's House of Dreams 
  • Anne of Ingleside 
  • Rainbow Valley Rilla of Ingleside

About the Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery (born Nov. 30, 1874, Clifton, P.E.I., Can.—died April 24, 1942, Toronto). She was raised by her grandparents in Cavendish, which is what she based Avonlea on.  Montgomery published her first poem at age 15.

You can learn more about L. M. Montgomery here. 

What Makes Anne of Green Gables so Special? Anne of Green Gables is a reminder of how good things can happen when we least expect it. Anne Shirley's imagination and wild spirit resonate with book lovers worldwide, and the desire for friendships and finding kindred spirits is so relatable that it reaches the hearts of readers everywhere. 

Book Location: Prince Edwards Island, Canada.

Movie and TV Adaptations: (These are just a few, as there are many Anne of Green Gables adaptations:

  • (1919) Anne of Green Gables - asilent film directed by William Desmond Taylor with Mary Miles Minter as Anne. No copies have survived.
  • (1934) Anne of Green Gables, Film adaptation directed by George Nichols Jr, with Dawn O'Day as Anne.
  • (1952) Anne of Green Gables - a live BBC television series with Carole Lorimer as Anne. No existing recordings.
  • (1956) Anne of Green Gables - a tv musical directed by Norman Campbell with Toby Tarnow as Anne.
  • (1985) Anne of Green Gables -  a CBC four-hour television mini-series directed by Kevin Sullivan with Megan Follows as Anne.
  • (2017–2019) Anne with an E - a CBC/Netflix  series by Moira Walley-Beckett with Amybeth McNulty as Anne Shirley.

Anne of Green Gables Quote: "Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world." L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Where to Buy: Buy Anne of Green Gables on Amazon, and wherever books are sold. 

What do you think of Anne of Green Gables? If Anne is still lingering with you, why do you think makes her so special?