Monday, June 30, 2008

The First Reviews

I don't know if things happened faster back then or if it was a testament to the quality of Anne of Green Gables, but a mere ten days on Lucy Maud Montgomery already had a solid indication that her first novel was a success. Here's an excerpt from her journal entry dated June 30, 1908:

These days are perennially interesting because of the reviews of my book. So far they have been favourable. Anne is already in her second edition. My publishers are hurrying me now for the sequel. I'm working at it but it will not be as good as Green Gables. It doesn't come as easily. I have to force it.

The discussion of Anne of Green Gables continues over at Blogging Anne of Green Gables. It's not too late to join in; let me know if you fancy doing so. And I suspect that once that discussion wraps up, we will continue on to Anne of Avonlea and have our say on whether we agree with LMM about the relative merits of her sequel.

1 comment:

Kerry said...

Kate, I'm starting Anne today or tomorrow, and will be writing about it on my own blog. I've so enjoyed following Anne's anniversary here on your blog-- truly inspiring! Thanks for posts like this.