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The Blythes Are Quoted is a short-story collection L. M. Montgomery wrote near the end of her life. An incomplete version of the book, containing of only fourteen short stories, was published in 1974 under the title The Road to Yesterday. The order of the stories was also rearranged.

The Blythes Are Quoted was not published in its entirety until 2009, sixty-seven years after the author died. The poems and short stories in it were allegedly written by Anne Blythe and her son Walter, before he later died in the First World War. Much of the book deals with themes of death, war and what impact war and conflict has on society.


There is no dedication for The Blythes Are Quoted.


Adultery, illegitimacy, misogyny, revenge, murder, despair, bitterness, hatred, and death—usually not the first terms associated with L.M. Montgomery. But in The Blythes Are Quoted, completed shortly before her death and never before published in its entirety, Montgomery brought these topics to the forefront in what she intended to be the ninth volume in her bestselling series featuring her beloved heroine Anne. Divided into two sections, one set before and one after the Great War of 1914—1918, The Blythes Are Quoted contains fifteen episodes that include an adult Anne and her family. Binding these short stories, Montgomery inserted sketches featuring Anne and Gilbert Blythe discussing poems by Anne and their middle son, Walter, who dies as a soldier in the war. By blending poetry, prose, and dialogue, Montgomery was experimenting with storytelling methods in ways she had never before attempted. The Blythes Are Quoted marks the final word of a writer whose work continues to fascinate readers all over the world.


The book was edited by Benjamin Lefebvre. The first half of the book deals with life before the First World War, and the second half, life after the war. The poem and short stories that were previously published in The Road to Yesterday have been marked with asterisks.

Foreword by Elizabeth Rollins Epperly

Part 1

Part 2

  • "Another Ingleside Twilight" (vignette)
    • "Interlude" (poem by Walter Blythe)
    • "Come, Let Us Go" (poem by Anne Blythe)
    • "A June Day" (poem by Walter Blythe)
    • "Wind of Autumn" (poem by Walter Blythe)
    • "The Wild Places" (poem by Walter Blythe)
    • "For Its Own Sake" (poem by Anne Blythe)
    • "The Change" (poem by Anne Blythe)
    • "I Know" (poem by Walter Blythe)
  • "Brother Beware" (short story*)
  • "The Second Evening" (vignette)
    • "The Wind" (poem by Anne Blythe)
    • "The Bride Dreams" (poem by Anne Blythe)
    • "May Song" (poem by Walter Blythe)
  • "Here Comes the Bride" (short story*)
  • "The Third Evening" (vignette)
    • "The Parting Soul" (poem by Walter and Anne Blythe)
    • "My House" (poem by Walter Blythe)
    • "Memories" (poem by Anne Blythe)
  • "A Commonplace Woman" (short story*)
  • "The Fourth Evening" (vignette)
    • "Canadian Twilight" (poem by Walter Blythe*)
    • "Oh, We Will Walk with Spring Today" (poem by Walter Blythe)
    • "Grief" (poem by Anne Blythe)
    • "The Room" (poem by Anne Blythe)
  • "The Road to Yesterday" (short story*)
  • "Au Revoir" (vignette)
    • "I Want" (poem by Walter Blythe)
    • "The Pilgrim" (poem by Walter Blythe)
    • "Spring Song" (poem by Walter Blythe)
    • "The Aftermath" (poem by Walter and Anne Blythe)

Afterword by Benjamin Lefebvre
A Note on the Text
Books by L. M. Montgomery


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  • In the original text, Montgomery made several errors. She wrote that Anne and Gilbert only had five children, when they had six. She made character name errors such as Charlie Pye, Rosamund West, and Roy Gardiner. The editor left these in to preserve the originality of her work.

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