Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables (Original Title: Anne of Green Gables ) is a children's book of Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, whose first edition appeared in 1908.


Anne Shirley is a red-haired, freckled orphan who is sent by mistake to the elderly bachelor Matthew Cuthbert and his brittle, also unmarried sister Marilla to live there. Matthew and Marilla take on Anne, although they had a boy expected, which should help them on their farm. It is located on Green Gables ( the name comes from the green gables of the house) in the fictional town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Iceland.

Anne's wild imagination, her incessant talking and her fiery temperament put them in the center of a range of fun adventures. As she grows up, supported by the love and discipline Marilla and Matthew, it develops into an intelligent and independent young woman who uses her imagination constructively. The book describes their development from 11 to 16 years.

Other important persons are her best friend Diana Barry, her class rival Gilbert Blythe and the " gossiper " the place Rachel Lynde.


The story is about as well known as Pippi Longstocking in Germany in the English-speaking world. As Anne of Green Gables was the favorite book of the writer Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking is inspired by the vivacious red-haired Anne.

L. M. Montgomery was inspired to the book from a newspaper article that reported on a couple who accidentally instead of an orphan boy an orphan girl was sent, they nevertheless took up with him. L. M. But Montgomery processed memories of her own childhood on the large rural Prince Edward Iceland (Canada) the end of the 19th century.


Since this book was a great success, L. M. wrote Montgomery more books about Anne. From the sixth band Anne of Ingleside Anne's children are, in the last volume Rilla of Ingleside particularly her daughter Rilla, in the center. The band Rainbow Valley was first time in 2013 translated into German.

The Canadian author Budge Wilson wrote in 2008 the prequel How it all began - Anne, the girl of Green Gables (Before Green Gables ), in which Anne's life is told before their arrival in Avonlea.




Yumiko Igarashi has created a comic book series based on the books. This appeared under the title Akage no Anne (赤毛のアン) from 1997 to 1998 in five books.

Radio plays

The radio play label Titania media brought the 100-year anniversary of the first volume, the radio drama series Anne of Green Gables out. By the year 2010, the first five volumes were set to music in a total of twenty radio plays, each book thus corresponds to four radio plays. Speakers in this series include Marie Bierstedt, Lutz Mackensy, Dagmar of Kurmin, Simon Hunter, Jochen Schröder and Regina Lemnitz. The radio drama series is completed with the result 20.