Behind the Scenes: The Editing Copies of The Selected Journals of L. M. Montgomery

Vappu Kannas


L.M. Montgomery’s journals are a perfect example of what Lynn Z. Bloom terms “public private diaries”, that is, diaries that are “artfully shaped to accommodate an audience”. Although not published until 1985 onwards, Montgomery’s journals were never strictly private documents. Meticulously edited by their author, the journals as a whole resemble more an autobiography than a diary, with complex narrative patterns, inserted photographs and a central character whose development into a writer is followed.
Therefore, it makes sense to examine what kind of processes took place in the production of The Selected Journals, a kind of behind-the-scenes viewpoint to the editing of the published and abridged versions of Montgomery’s journals.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

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