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Lucy Maud Montgomery, (always called "Maud" by family and friends) and publicly known as L. M. Montgomery, (1874-1942) was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables (1908). In 1893, following the completion of her grade school education in Cavendish, she attended Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown. Completing a two year Lucy Maud Montgomery, (always called "Maud" by family and friends) and publicly known as L. M. Montgomery, (1874-1942) was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables (1908). In 1893, following the completion of her grade school education in Cavendish, she attended Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown. Completing a two year program in one year, she obtained her teaching certificate. In 1895 and 1896 she studied literature at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After working as a teacher in various island schools, in 1898 Montgomery moved back to Cavendish. For a short time in 1901 and 1902 she worked in Halifax for the newspapers Chronicle and Echo. She returned to live with and care for her grandmother in 1902. Montgomery was inspired to write her first books during this time on Prince Edward Island. Her works include: The Story Girl (1911), Chronicles of Avonlea (1912), The Golden Road (1913), Anne of the Island (1915), Anne's House of Dreams (1917), Rainbow Valley (1919), Further Chronicles of Avonlea (1920) and Rilla of Ingleside (1921).


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Lucy Maud Montgomery, (always called "Maud" by family and friends) and publicly known as L. M. Montgomery, (1874-1942) was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables (1908). In 1893, following the completion of her grade school education in Cavendish, she attended Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown. Completing a two year Lucy Maud Montgomery, (always called "Maud" by family and friends) and publicly known as L. M. Montgomery, (1874-1942) was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables (1908). In 1893, following the completion of her grade school education in Cavendish, she attended Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown. Completing a two year program in one year, she obtained her teaching certificate. In 1895 and 1896 she studied literature at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After working as a teacher in various island schools, in 1898 Montgomery moved back to Cavendish. For a short time in 1901 and 1902 she worked in Halifax for the newspapers Chronicle and Echo. She returned to live with and care for her grandmother in 1902. Montgomery was inspired to write her first books during this time on Prince Edward Island. Her works include: The Story Girl (1911), Chronicles of Avonlea (1912), The Golden Road (1913), Anne of the Island (1915), Anne's House of Dreams (1917), Rainbow Valley (1919), Further Chronicles of Avonlea (1920) and Rilla of Ingleside (1921).

30 review for Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories: 1904

  1. 5 out of 5

    Manybooks

    Please do note that this here one star rating is not in ANY manner, in ANY way meant to be a comment on L.M. Montgomery's fiction, her writing (as for the most part, the collected, included stories deserve ratings from three to five stars), but on the annoyingly and supremely user-unfriendly way in which Dodo Press has presented and published them. And yes, when I first became aware of the Dodo Press collection of Montgomery short stories I was excited, because from the title (Lucy Maud Montgome Please do note that this here one star rating is not in ANY manner, in ANY way meant to be a comment on L.M. Montgomery's fiction, her writing (as for the most part, the collected, included stories deserve ratings from three to five stars), but on the annoyingly and supremely user-unfriendly way in which Dodo Press has presented and published them. And yes, when I first became aware of the Dodo Press collection of Montgomery short stories I was excited, because from the title (Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories: 1904) it appeared as though the presented stories would be arranged chronologically. However, while the tales contained in Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories: 1904 are indeed those penned by L.M Montgomery in 1904, the stories themselves have been arranged in totally random (and therefore not in chronological) order month wise. So if you were, if you are looking forward to finally being able to read L.M. Montgomery's shorter fiction in actual order of the tales’ appearance, this fact will make your desire considerably more difficult. But what I and personally find even more problematic with regard to this book (as well as with all of other volumes in the Dodo Press collection of L.M. Montgomery Short Stories), is the lack of any type of usable table of contents. For while both the tales and their dates of appearance are listed at the beginning of the book, at the beginning of Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories: 1904, Dodo Press somehow and strangely has then not deemed it necessary to also supply the starting pages for the stories. Thus, if you desire to read a particular tale, or if you are actually trying to read the stories chronologically (in order of actual appearance), you will need to guess on which page a given piece of fiction actually commences. And no, I really do not understand why Dodo Press could not have arranged these stories by year of appearance, and it is simply unacceptable that the table of contents is so user-unfriendly (not supplying the starting pages of the stories, sorry, but for me that is an almost unforgivable and massively anger-producing shortcoming). And furthermore, the Dodo Press collection series of L.M. Montgomery short stories is also not going to be of much if ANY use for those readers wishing to use it for academic (read research) based purposes, as there is neither an introduction nor is any of the source material listed. Now an introduction would have been beneficial, but not really absoultely required, but Dodo Press should really have listed the diverse magazines, journals etc. in which these stories originally appeared. Now I still enjoyed the reading time spent with and on Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories: 1904, but the set-up is certainly a major disappointment, and I feel that I should at least warn other fans of L.M. Montgomery's fiction about the shortcomings of this particular series. And while I do now realise that Dodo Press has probably just taken these stories from free online sites such As Project Gutenberg, that still does NOT in any way excuse the user unfriendly print format I have encountered. And yes, I could just as easily (and much more cheaply) have downloaded the featured tales from Project Gutenberg and then formatted them myself. However, since I obtained this series as traditional paper format printed books (and they were also a much appreciated gift), I can and do (or at least I should be able to) expect a reader and user friendly format, and this simply does not ever materialise. And potential readers should also be aware that ALL of the Dodo Press series books of L.M. Montgomery's short stories have the exact same issues, are similarly constructed (random chronological order, a patently unusable table of contents and with no publication information, period). And frankly, if you are indeed actively interested in L.M. Montgomery's short fiction, you should probably either download them from online sources (there are many possibilities, from Project Gutenberg to various Kindle and other e-book formats), or much better yet, seriously consider the late great Rea Wilmshurt's spectacular collection (the seven individual books might not contain every short story that L.M. Montgomery ever penned, but the individual tomes are extensive, beautifully structured, and ALWAYS include an introduction as well as the relevant source materials).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sanja_Sanjalica

    Although some of the stories had unrealistic "Oliver Twist" out of the blue twists, which I don't prefer, most of them were great studies of human characters, everyday folly and grudges, repentance and growth, so it was a great pleasure reading them. Will continue with the stories. Although some of the stories had unrealistic "Oliver Twist" out of the blue twists, which I don't prefer, most of them were great studies of human characters, everyday folly and grudges, repentance and growth, so it was a great pleasure reading them. Will continue with the stories.

  3. 5 out of 5

    MC

    I stated in my review of L. M. Montgomery's short story collection published in the years 1902-1903, that the work suffered from two much commonality with all of her other stories. The stories came across as cliched, and boring. To some extent, this was unfair of me, as the various story ideas were used in these stories for the first time, so these are, in fact, the original stories, while the Anne stories and others are the later “copies” in terms of plot. That said, without the full developmen I stated in my review of L. M. Montgomery's short story collection published in the years 1902-1903, that the work suffered from two much commonality with all of her other stories. The stories came across as cliched, and boring. To some extent, this was unfair of me, as the various story ideas were used in these stories for the first time, so these are, in fact, the original stories, while the Anne stories and others are the later “copies” in terms of plot. That said, without the full development that the adventures of Anne Shirley give us, the stories really were not as much fun, due to their shortness. However, I can say that the stories in this collection really are better. Montgomery's considerable skill is obvious from any who have read her works. The only real difference between the stories she wrote in the year 1904, and those she wrote in the previous eight years, is in terms of originality of the tales. She actually introduced some new concepts, which was something she seemed unable to do beforehand. The stories were not almost carbon copies of each other, as many of the previous stories were. That said, there is still something to be criticized, and that is that some of her characters could be more than a tad shallow. The characters were mostly quite attractive among the younger ones, and those who were not attractive were not paired with the attractive ones. This reminded me of how eternally attractive Anne and Gilbert are in the Anne books, and how Anne and Gilbert made fun of an unkind woman behind her back, due to her weight. The worst part is that Montgomery was not portraying the characters here in this short story collection, or Anne and Gilbert in their stories, as wrong, but as correct in their behavior. With the exception of Anne's college chum, Phil, marrying a not-so-handsome minister, this is an unfortunate stream of shallowness running through her works. Even the character of Diana from Anne's girlhood, while portrayed nicely despite being overweight, is portrayed as infinitely out of Anne's league. Such issues are why I can not give unreserved approval to this short story collection, though I certainly do Highly Recommend it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hayden

    Overall, the 1904 stories were better than those in the 1902-1903 collection; while there was still some predictability, a few of the concepts were more original. As is common failing among short stories, some of the characters seem shallow (both as a personal failing in the character, as well as a failing of the length of the tale) but none of them were really strictly unlikable. I wouldn't say that any of the stories really stood out to me, but as a whole I think I enjoyed them more than the p Overall, the 1904 stories were better than those in the 1902-1903 collection; while there was still some predictability, a few of the concepts were more original. As is common failing among short stories, some of the characters seem shallow (both as a personal failing in the character, as well as a failing of the length of the tale) but none of them were really strictly unlikable. I wouldn't say that any of the stories really stood out to me, but as a whole I think I enjoyed them more than the previous collection. Well, I shall try to take a Montgomery break after this, having read three short story collections in a row. I do love L.M. Montgomery, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, so I need to take a break.

  5. 4 out of 5

    JoAnn

    Nothing beats a little L M Montgomery when one wants or needs to be uplifted. Her stories are simple and somewhat contrived, but still leave me in a better mood.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Simple beautiful stories. I could only read a few stories at a time due to their sugar content, but they made me feel happy with the world.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    This was an absolutely wonderful collection of feel good short stories that will leave your heart warmed after every tale.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katja

    5 stars & 5/10 hearts. This wasn’t my favourite of these collections, but I enjoyed the stories. I really liked the many blueprints for characters later to be found in the Anne books; and there weren’t any unpleasant or overly dramatic/romantic stories in this one or any euphemisms that I can remember. Most of the stories were sweet or funny. These stories I would hand to a younger sister without worrying. A Fortunate Mistake: 4 stars & 4/10 hearts. What a sweet story! I really enjoyed it. It was 5 stars & 5/10 hearts. This wasn’t my favourite of these collections, but I enjoyed the stories. I really liked the many blueprints for characters later to be found in the Anne books; and there weren’t any unpleasant or overly dramatic/romantic stories in this one or any euphemisms that I can remember. Most of the stories were sweet or funny. These stories I would hand to a younger sister without worrying. A Fortunate Mistake: 4 stars & 4/10 hearts. What a sweet story! I really enjoyed it. It was so realistic and natural and funny, too... An Unpremeditated Ceremony: 4 stars & 4/10 hearts. Such a sweet, humorous little romance this is, with plenty of sweet family scenes as well... <3 At the Bay Shore Farm: 4 stars & 4/10 hearts. I LOVE the message of this story! And the plot! Mrs. Kennedy is amazing and so is the grandmother, and I loved Cecilia and Frances, too. Elizabeth’s Child: 4 stars & 4/10 hearts. Worth is amazing and her relationship with her uncle is just so sweet and funny. It’s a delightful, heartwarming tale! Freda’s Adopted Grave: 3 stars & 3/10 hearts. A very short but very sweet little story. :) How Don Was Saved: 5 stars & 5/10 hearts. Oh, I love this story. Don is just splendid! The storyline is awesome, too, and the setting is perfect. <3 Miss Madeline’s Proposal: 4 stars & 4/10 hearts. This is a very sweet, funny little story :) Miss Sally’s Company: 4 stars & 4/10 hearts. Oh, Miss Sally is so sweet! And I love the message of the story! Mary and Ida are so nice, too. <3 Mrs. March’s Revenge: 3 stars & 3/10 hearts. I wasn’t sure how this would turn out but it is actually very heartwarming <3 Nan: 3 stars & 3/10 hearts. Bruce is awful, and I really like Nan. She did a good choice. ;) Natty of Blue Point: 4 stars & 4/10 hearts. I always loved this story!! Natty is just splendid, and I love the storyline! Penelope’s Party Waist: 3 stars & 3/10 hearts. A really short but super sweet and heartwarming story :) The Girl & the Wild Race: 3 stars & 3/10 hearts. This story is rather humorous and thrilling, and it ends perfectly. ;) The Promise of Lucy Ellen: 3 stars & 3/10 hearts. Definitely a prequel to Rosemary & Ellen’s story from Rainbow Valley. This one was a bit more passionate and grotesque than lovely… The Pursuit of the Ideal: 3 stars & 3/10 hearts. Aside from a kiss or two mentioned, its a very sweet, delightful little romance that I thoroughly enjoy. The Softening of Miss Cynthia: 3 stars & 3/10 hearts. What a heart tugging story. <33 Them Notorious Pigs: 4.5 stars & 5/10 hearts. This story is just so funny and sweet! It's quite short but really delightful. Why Not Ask Miss Price?: 3 stars & 3/10 hearts. Again, a very short but sweet little story with lots of feels. <3 A Favourite Quote: “I know she would consent to let me stay here, because she would think it best for me, but it wouldn’t be really best for me; it couldn’t be best for a girl to do what wasn’t right.” A Favourite Beautiful Quote: “Outside of the old Churchill place, in the busy streets of the up-to-date little town, Miss Madeline might have seemed out of harmony with her surroundings. But here, in this dim room, faintly scented with whiffs from the rose garden outside, she was like a note in some sweet, perfect melody of old time.” A Favourite Humorous Quote: “‘He won’t propose to Judith as long as I’m round,’ she panted. ‘I know him—he’s too shy. But Eben won’t mind—I’ll tip him the wink.’ “Potter Vane was chopping wood before the door. Mrs. Theodora recognizing in him a further obstacle to Marshall’s wooing, caught him unceremoniously by the arm and hauled him, axe and all, over the doorstone and into the kitchen, just as Bruce Marshall and Eben King drove into the yard with not a second to spare between them.... Both men sprang from their sleighs and ran to the door.... Mrs. Theodora stood defiantly in the middle of the room, still grasping the dazed and dismayed Potter.”

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cordelia Mal

    Montgomery’s work always have this unusual ability to take me out of whatever I am doing, out of this work, and transfer to a completely different one. Her books and stories may be a tad simple, sometimes too sugary, but Lucy Maud Montgomery is in a big part responsible for my love for books, so I have a big sentiment for her. I have a right. So fuck it. Let me just say that reading these stories was an interesting experience, because I was doing this in between of some fucked-up, gore stuff like Montgomery’s work always have this unusual ability to take me out of whatever I am doing, out of this work, and transfer to a completely different one. Her books and stories may be a tad simple, sometimes too sugary, but Lucy Maud Montgomery is in a big part responsible for my love for books, so I have a big sentiment for her. I have a right. So fuck it. Let me just say that reading these stories was an interesting experience, because I was doing this in between of some fucked-up, gore stuff like Jack Katchum (Peaceable Kingdom) or Gillian Flynn (Dark Places). Trust me, the contrast was one of a kind. This collection of stories – as probably any other of L.M.M. – is a series of tales about unlikely friendships, lucky coincidences, prides a little too big, every-day activities gone bad, and unhappy misunderstandings. Everything’s all right at end, though, which is why the first thing that comes to my mind about Maud’s works is innocent. I constantly remind myself she was not a happy person in real life. Despite that – or maybe because of that – her works are usually – if not always – full of hope and promise. I think most people – or everybody – who as ever read any of Montgomery’s works will tell you she was really able to operate English language and created magnificent language. Her style was recognizable, smooth, suburb. I’ve always thought so, and every book/story I read in original, seems to confirm it. My love for her does not mean I don’t find anything to criticize. I do. So, first thing is that her stories are a little repetitive, or just similar to each other, or they are about the same kinds of characters. The other criticism is about characters themselves. They are usually (not always, though) young and attractive. Besides, in these stories they – for my taste – they were also not fully-fleshed. But maybe that’s my problem with a form of short story, there’s not enough time to fully develop the characters, with their little likes and dislikes, and their change. Despite whatever criticism I may ever say about any of Montgomery’s works, I’d always recommend them, because all in all, they are positively delightful. This review was published on my blog: https://cordelial84.wordpress.com/201...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    L.M. Montgomery is a genius. Probably many people have said that, but I mean it. I've been absorbing all her short stories over the past four days, and though I like the 'him-her' ones best, they're all fantastic. In the later ones there's hints of Anne's House of Dreams and Anne of Avonlea, and even an entire chapter from Anne of Green Gables, but I don't mind. And wouldn't it be funny if that 'short story' is what prompted all of Anne? The stories are from 1899 to 1928, and there are certain thr L.M. Montgomery is a genius. Probably many people have said that, but I mean it. I've been absorbing all her short stories over the past four days, and though I like the 'him-her' ones best, they're all fantastic. In the later ones there's hints of Anne's House of Dreams and Anne of Avonlea, and even an entire chapter from Anne of Green Gables, but I don't mind. And wouldn't it be funny if that 'short story' is what prompted all of Anne? The stories are from 1899 to 1928, and there are certain threads that pass through all of them. There's the Christmassy stories— making Christmas cheerful for someone who can't afford it, women-haters or man-haters who become reconciled to the opposite sex in time, old maids getting married, long-lost loves that come back, orphans who find a family member after all (rich, at times), and all sorts of absolutely delicious things.

  11. 5 out of 5

    C.G.Koens

    An easy read, enjoyable and simple. You can see the Anne-esque tones in Montgomery's short stories, and you almost feel that these were her practice runs, leading up to the Anne series. On stressful days, there is nothing better than reading a couple of these short stories - they always have happy endings! An easy read, enjoyable and simple. You can see the Anne-esque tones in Montgomery's short stories, and you almost feel that these were her practice runs, leading up to the Anne series. On stressful days, there is nothing better than reading a couple of these short stories - they always have happy endings!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Improving but there are better ones yet to come. 3.5

  13. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    Everything Lucy Maud writes is nice.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Just fun to listen to. Great stories most of them make me smile while I am listening.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Naomi Semer

    Love these stories, they get better by the year!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Leroy

    An easy , enjoyable and very predictable read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathi Olsen

    It seems like some of the stories are repeats from other years, but her stuff is always nice (and predictable).

  18. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    More lovely short stories....

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Tallent

    Little morsels of pleasant stories. LM Montgomery is a storyteller of the most genial kind.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anne Libera

    See previous reviews. I turn to these when I wake up in the middle of the night with anxiety. Having said that, a character in one of these stories uses a phrase that includes the "n word" A jarring reminder that these comforting stories of white people living in turn of the century Canada are still part of a larger system. See previous reviews. I turn to these when I wake up in the middle of the night with anxiety. Having said that, a character in one of these stories uses a phrase that includes the "n word" A jarring reminder that these comforting stories of white people living in turn of the century Canada are still part of a larger system.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Robarts

    Simply and charming

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nena

    Very nice Very short stories very well written. As usual the stories are tender and a bit unrealistic, but I found them enjoyable.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Coffield

    Sweet Every so often I like to go back to the simpler things. This book of short stories is a great little read if you enjoy L.M Montgomery.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Haskell

    Oh, these are very L.M.Montgomery stories. Patient Love fulfilled, incorrectly-delivered mail shenanigans, long-lost relatives found... But all told in her delightful way.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    2,5

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  27. 4 out of 5

    Apoorva Kusha

  28. 5 out of 5

    Zauggrc

  29. 5 out of 5

    A.M. Heath

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beverley

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