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the experience of reading in Britain, from 1450 to 1945...

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Lucy Maud Montgomery


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Lucy Maud Montgomery : Anne of Avonlea

'Mary Lakeman, a Cornish fisherman's daughter, confirmed what George Orwell had written in "Riding Down from Bangor": "Little Women", "Good Wives", "What Katy Did", "Avonlea", "Tom Sawyer", "Huckleberry Finn", and "The Last of the Mohicans" all created a romantic childhood vision of unlimited freedom and open space. "For me Jo, Beth and Laurie are right at the heart of a permanent unalterable American scene", she wrote, "and I can turn on Louisa M. Alcott and others so powerfully that Nixon and Watergate are completely blacked out".'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Lakeman      Print: Book


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