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 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 the latter 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

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


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Behind the scenesEdit

  • 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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