Title: The Blue Castle Author: L.M. Montgomery Publisher: McClelland & Stewart, Toronto: c1937 Description: 8vo. 310 pp. Bound in light blue cloth with titles and decoration in dark blue on front panel, and titles in dark blue on spine. Illustrated dust jacket protected with mylar sleeve. DJ shows minor edge wear and soiling from handling. Cloth covers show minor edge wear. Page edges show minor foxing. Previous owner’s inscription in ink on front free endpaper. Retailer’s label on back endpaper.
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The Blue Castle was first published in 1926. The story takes place prior to WWI in the fictional town of Deerwood, located in the Muskoka region of Ontario, Canada. Deerwood is based on Bala, Ontario, which the author visited in 1922. The story follows the main character, Valancy Stirling, as she tries to put the pieces of her life together after being advised she has only about a year to live because she has a fatal heart condition. This novel is considered one of L.M. Montgomery's few adult works of fiction, and is the only book she wrote entirely set outside of Prince Edward Island. In 1982, the story was adapted into a successful Polish musical, and ten years later Canadian playwright Hank Stinson authored another version, The Blue Castle: A Musical Love Story.