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LM2 and their Publishers: Two Divergent Tales


Thu Oct 13, 2022
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
60 mins



Louisa May Alcott's Little Women (1868) and Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables (1908) were alike, written by women who had served lengthy apprenticeships in creating popular fiction, women whose successful writing careers extended well beyond their "breakthrough" appearances. Despite what the most recent film treatment of Little Women implies, L.M.A's relationship with her publisher Roberts Bros. was marked by professionalism and continuing support. L.M.M.'s relationship with publisher L.C. Page, on the other hand, was exploitive, toxic and ultimately escapable only through lengthy civil actions.

In this lecture Dennis Duffy (University of Toronto English lecturer) will compare these two divergent experiences within the publishing industry, ending with a brief look at the career of Mazo De La Roche and how the popular Canadian writer turned the tables on her publishers and governed their behaviour rather than letting them boss her.

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