Children’s Classics on the Virago Modern Classics List

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Earlier this year, with the publication of Rumer Godden’s wonderful ballet novels, Thursday’s Children and Listen to the Nightingale, we introduced children’s books to  the Virago Modern Classics list. It’s a project that’s close to my heart as I’ve long wanted the VMCs to be an imprint that is read and embraced by all ages. On my desk this morning were early copies of the Emily of New Moon trilogy by L. M. Montgomery, which we will publish next month, and I’m completely enchanted by the covers, which feature beautiful illustrations by talented artist Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini.

With themes of friendship, aspiration, and romance, the Emily books are really appealing. They’re beautifully told, with a wonderfully spirited heroine, and they’re ripe for rediscovery. Anne of Green Gables has always been among the most popular of children’s classics and if you love Anne Shirley, you will love Emily Starr just as much; of all the books L. M. Montgomery wrote, the Emily trilogy was her personal favourite, and the heroine the character she most identified with. 

Have you ever read Emily of New Moon? I hadn’t, until a year ago, when a colleague recommended it and I was captivated. When I scheduled the series, another colleague actually ran down the corridor and hugged me! In our office, L. M. Montgomery certainly has ardent admirers, and for this series in particular.The books you discover in childhood stay with you for life. What were your childhood favourites?



8 Responses to "Children’s Classics on the Virago Modern Classics List"

  1. Leah Posted on 17th January 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Dear Virago,
    This is a plea. I grew up on L.M. Montgomery and re reread her works again and again annually. Surprisingly, I had never been very interested in the Emily of New Moon series, until your publications were released.
    Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini’s cover artwork enchanted me and it was because of her perfect covers that my interest was piqued in Emily for the first time. After reading the series I was disappointed with myself for having waited so long as they are now among my favourites. But here is my plea: please, please publish the entire Anne series with Daniella’s art. You’ve already published the last novel, Rilla of Ingleside, and it is lovely. Can we please have the accompanying Anne stories to add to our shelves with it. It’s just that no Anne cover art in my very extensive searching does any justice to her or any other characters or the beauty and whimsy of the stories within. I can’t even bring myself to purchase the whole series for my daughter because the choices are so unsatisfactory. So, please…
    Most Sincerely,
    Leah Matthews

  2. Kat Posted on 22nd November 2016 at 2:39 pm

    I don’t know when this was posted, but Thanks for these – I had them as a child, and then couldn’t find them again – but now I knew where to look, and that helped my local bookstore get them home <3

    • admin Posted on 6th January 2017 at 10:38 am

      Glad to hear you managed to find them Kat!

  3. Tânia Posted on 17th April 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Will you be publishing L M Montgomery’s Blue Castle as well? Please say yes!

    • admin Posted on 19th April 2017 at 11:59 am

      No plans to just at the moment, but we will consider it.

  4. Liz Posted on 24th June 2017 at 11:48 am

    I hope that you will publish the blue castle that would be amazing!!

    • admin Posted on 29th June 2017 at 9:35 am

      Hi Liz, we have no plans to publish The Blue Castle at the moment, but we will bear it in mind.

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