– Even though she knew what they were, Epperly said turning over the postcards and seeing Montgomery’s handwriting was “this shock … it’s her handwriting. Because she has very distinctive, and sometimes very difficult, handwriting, and to see that and to see the ink changing where she dipped the pen to write, it’s like treasure to find this.”-
50 Years, 50 Voices
Click here to see a collection of video vignettes produced by Robertson Library staff, highlighting individual experiences (including Dr. Epperly’s) and memories of UPEI.
CM: Canadian Review of Materials (Volume XXVI/Issue 22 – February 14/2020)
Click here to read Ruth Latta’s review of
Imagining Anne: L. M. Montgomery’s Island Scrapbooks
Click here to read my first article in the inaugural issue of the Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies: Reading Time: L.M. Montgomery and the “Alembic of Fiction”
Click here to read more about it: http://journaloflmmontgomerystudies.ca/node/81
Matt Rainnie of CBC Radio Mainstreet, Charlottetown, interviewed me as the first student to register at the newly created University of Prince Edward Island. Here it is:
A CBC story about how and why Dr. Epperly reimagined Imagining Anne: L.M. Montgomery’s Island Scrapbooks https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-resissue-imagining-anne-1.5236146
In the PEI Buzz : https://buzzpei.com/imagining-anne/
Picturing the bo(a)orders: graduating, in 1969, after three years at St. Catherine’s School for Girls in Richmond, Virginia, and composing a life between the lines.
In the summer of 1968, my mother and I made a pilgrimage to Prince Edward Island, Canada, the setting and inspiration for L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. PEI felt like home; I vowed to return. Secretly that fall, I applied to only one college: Prince of Wales College, L.M. Montgomery’s alma mater, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. After our June 1969 graduation and much too late to apply anywhere else, I received a letter telling me PWC no longer existed but I could come to the newly amalgamated University of Prince Edward Island if I wished. Yikes! But of course I went and was so early that I was the very first student to register at the new school.
Except for the time I spent in England doing a Ph.D., I stayed in Canada and became a Canadian citizen; taught English literature for thirty years in two universities; founded a research institute in 1993 devoted to the study and informed celebration of Montgomery’s life, works, culture, and influence (www.lmmontgomery.ca); wrote books and articles on Anthony Trollope and on Montgomery; and eventually served as the first woman president of the University of Prince Edward Island (www.elizabethepperly.com). I became Professor Emerita of English in 2007 and received an honorary doctorate ten years later. That is the black-and-white snapshot. The colour version has warmth and a laugh track.
When I graduated from St. C., I thought I would be a writer of fiction and a geologist. I imagined I would live again in Virginia. I assumed I would probably get married and have children of my own. I am so glad life has surprised me again and again! I still love fiction and rocks, and my partner (of almost 30 thirty years) and my step children and step grandchildren remind me every day that Wordsworth was right: we do half create what we perceive. The other half is a gift.
It was an honour to provide the “Afterword” for Benjamin Lefebvre’s new edition of L.M. Montgomery’s posthumously published fiction The Blythes Are Quoted.