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Fiction Short Stories (single Author)

Around the Hearth

Tales of Home and Family

edited by Joanne (Wood) Lebold

by (author) Lucy Maud Montgomery

Nimbus Publishing
Initial publish date
May 2022
Short Stories (single author), Historical
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    Publish Date
    May 2022
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A heartwarming collection of 17 rare short stories by famed Anne of Green Gables author.
Although best known for creating the spirited Anne Shirley, L. M. Montgomery had a thriving writing career that included hundreds of short stories and poems. Around the Hearth is a continuation of the Montgomery short story collections edited by Rea Wilmshurst in the late 1980s and the early 1990s, including stories such as "A Baking of Gingersnaps" (1895) — the first story Montgomery published. As with Anne, who found a warm and welcoming home and family at Green Gables, these stories focus on homes and families, and the happiness and love people receive from them.
Over many years of careful research and meticulous compiling of resources, Joanne Lebold has curated a collection of short fiction that showcases all the warmth and charisma Montgomery's fans have come to cherish, and offers a rare glimpse into some of the beloved author's lesser-known works. Includes seventeen short stories originally published between 1895 and 1935.


About the authors

Joanne (Wood) Lebold has been studying the life and works of L. M. Montgomery for over thirty-five years. A founding member of The Kindred Spirits Society of Hamilton in 1995, Joanne was also the editor of their newsletter, "The Road to L. M. Montgomery." Joanne contributed three chapters to The Lucy Maud Montgomery Album (1999), and has also written guest articles for "The Shining Scroll" and "The Avonlea Traditions Chronicle." Joanne lives in picturesque Hockley Valley, Ontario.

Joanne (Wood) Lebold's profile page

Lucy Maud Montgomery was born in Clifton (now New London), Prince Edward Island, in 1874. After the death of her mother in 1876, Montgomery was raised by her maternal grandparents in the nearby community of Cavendish. She received a teaching certificate in 1894, and studied literature at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1895. After a brief career as a teacher at various island schools, she moved back to Cavendish in 1898. In 1911, she married the Reverend Ewan Macdonald and moved to Leaskdale, Ontario, where Macdonald was minister in the Presbyterian Church. A prolific writer, she published a number of short stories, poems, and novels, but is best known for Anne of Green Gables and its sequels: Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne's House of Dreams, Anne of Ingleside, Rainbow Valley, and Rilla Of Ingleside. Montgomery died in Toronto in 1942 and was buried in her beloved Cavendish, Prince Edward Island.

Lucy Maud Montgomery's profile page

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