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The Changing Perception of L.M. Montgomery's Writing (con't.)

In 1993, with the support of the Heirs of L.M. Montgomery, Drs. Rubio, Waterston, Åhmansson, Bolger, the Montgomery relatives on Prince Edward Island, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the L.M. Montgomery Institute was launched at the University of Prince Edward Island. Its founder and first chair was Dr. Elizabeth Rollins Epperly. Among other activities and projects, the L.M. Montgomery Institute hosts biennial international conferences (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002) on Montgomery to bring together scholars and enthusiasts to talk about their readings and findings. This Virtual Museum of Canada exhibition was viewed and critiqued by delegates to the 2002 conference, L.M. Montogmery & Life Writing, chaired by Epperly.

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Dozens of articles have now appeared on Montgomery since the publication of the first volume of the journals (see the Web site: www.lmmontgomery.ca for a bibliography of works on Montgomery since 1986). Several edited collections have increased discussion, including Mary Rubio's Harvesting Thistles: The Textual Garden of L.M Montgomery in 1994 and Irene Gammel's and Elizabeth Epperly's L.M. Montgomery and Canadian Culture in 1999. In 1999, The Lucy Maud Montgomery Album, drawing widely from popular and academic responses to Montgomery, offered a lavishly illustrated history of Montgomery studies. In 2000 the L.M. Montgomery Institute published an internationally award-winning CD-ROM entitled The Bend in the Road: An Invitation to the World and Work of L.M. Montgomery. The L.M. Montgomery Institute is a partner in the production of this virtual exhibition on Montgomery's scrapbooks and book covers. A new collection, Making Avonlea: L.M. Montgomery and Popular Culture, edited by Dr. Gammel, will be published in 2002.

The popular and the scholarly audiences have many interests in common in Montgomery studies. Montgomery is now the subject of graduate studies and research internationally. Even many of her early periodical pieces have been collected and republished, providing useful insights into the magazine-reading public of the 1890's and early 1900's.

In her own time, Montgomery was considered in national surveys of favorite authors to be in a class with Dickens; she was hailed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (1923), a member of the Institute of France (1935), an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (1935). The year after her death, in 1943, she was recognized officially in Canada as a person of national historic significance. In 2000, Montgomery was voted one of the top twenty heroes of the Twentieth Century.

Though the academic acceptance and serious study of Montgomery may have taken some time to catch up with popular opinion, it is clear that Montgomery is now an established icon of Canada on several fronts, one of the best-known ambassadors for this country. Her work is enjoyed on a variety of levels by audiences of men and women around the world of diverse age, culture, and education.

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go to LM Montgomery Institute at UPEI Website go to University of Guelph Website go to Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace Website go to Virtual Museum of Canada Website go to Confederation Centre of the Arts Website go to National Library of Canada Website go to English Home Page go to French Homepage book Harvesting Thistles edited by Dr. Mary Rubio book L.M. Montgomery and Canadian Culture edited by Irene Gammel and Dr. Elizabeth Rollins Epperly book The Lucy Maud Montgomery Album CD-ROM The Bend in the Road