Thursday, June 5, 2008
100 Years of Anne of Green Gables
My earliest memories of Anne of Green Gables center around my mother. She read the Anne books when she was a girl and had these beautiful hardback editions of at least the first 3 Anne books. (She may have had more, I don't remember.) Unfortunately these books were ruined by her kids, probably mostly by me. I'd love to find a copy of these on e-bay or somewhere and give them to my mom. I wonder what the odds are that I'd find them and that I'd be able to afford them?
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Anne of Green Gables. I'll be working my way through as many of the Anne books as I can in the months to come. (Which might be easier said then done with all the books I have marked to read in the coming months.)
I have signed up to participate in a group read of Anne of Green Gables with the participants thoughts being posted on the Blogging Anne of Green Gables blog started by Kate. There are some great cover images over at the blog as well as links to sites with more information about the Anne books and L.M. Montgomery. And of course there are also some great posts already up.
I have a copy of The Poetry of Lucy Maud Montgomery that sits on my night stand. I like to pick it up every now and then and read a little bit. L.M. Montgomery was never considered a great poet but I have never been big into poetry so I guess she is a good match for me because I really enjoy her poems.
Here are the opening stanzas from a poem that makes me think of Anne each time I read it.
The Gable Window
It opened on a world of wonder,
When summer days were sweet and long,
A world of light, a world of splendor,
A world of song.
'Twas there I passed my hours of dreaming,
'Twas there I knelt at night to pray;
And, when the rose-lit dawn was streaming
Across the day,
I bent from it to catch the glory
Of all those radiant silver skies-
A resurrection allegory
For human eyes!