Winter has arrived!
Winter has certainly come early to Prince Edward Island this year. We have had quite a few snow storms in the weeks leading to Christmas and New Year and the Island has transformed into a winter wonderland. This has also been the busiest time for our online Anne of Green Gables Store – there have been many orders of Christmas ornaments and gifts for Anne Shirley fans.
As we are beginning a new year, we would like to talk a little bit about the book that brought us all close and our Kindred Spirits Edition we tried to highlight in our Social Media posts throughout the Christmas Season.
The history behind Anne of Green Gables
When L.M. Montgomery started writing “Anne of Green Gables” in her Cavendish home in 1904, she could not have had the slightest idea how popular this book would become all over the world. Five initial rejections fortunately did not seal the fate of Anne Shirley and four years later the world finally got to meet the red-haired orphan who found home, family and love in the idyllic setting of Avonlea. The elderly siblings, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, welcomed Anne into their lives along with thousands of readers who found Anne to be their Kindred Spirit.
First published in Boston in 1908 by L.C. Page & Company, “Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery has never been out of print and has been translated into more than 35 languages. 110 years after its publication, it is doing better than ever before thanks to new film adaptations as well as a loyal fan base. We are extremely proud to be a part of this global phenomenon of the success of our relative by adding our own Kindred Spirits Edition of her beloved classic novel.
Our Kindred Spirits edition
This 2017 Edition of “Anne of Green Gables” is a non-abridged version of the original and includes all the original illustrations by M.A. and W.A.J. Claus. This is the first time Anne of Green Gables has been published in Prince Edward Island, by Kindred Spirits, a company owned by George Campbell, who is a double cousin to the famous authoress and a great-grandson to Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved Aunt Annie and Uncle John Campbell. George grew up in the original home in Park Corner, PEI, that inspired Silver Bush from the Pat series. L.M. Montgomery loved dearly this old homestead where she spent many happy days in her childhood and youth and called it “the wonder castle of my childhood”.
Our sincere wish!
We hope that everybody who has recently purchased the Kindred Spirits Edition of “Anne of Green Gables” was able this holiday season to curl up with an old friend and escape to a simple time of discovery and the delights of a red-headed orphan girl getting to know herself and the world around her. We are thrilled and honoured that our book will find a place in your homes and hearts.
Happy New Year from the Campbell Family to all Kindred Spirits from all over the world!