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Emily of New Moon
First edition cover
Author L. M. Montgomery
Country Canada
Language English
Series Emily series
Genre Children's novel
Publisher Frederick A. Stokes
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Followed by Emily Climbs 

Emily of New Moon is the first in a series of novels by Lucy Maud Montgomery about an orphan girl growing up on Prince Edward Island. It is similar to the author's Anne of Green Gables series. It was first published in 1923.

Plot summary

Similar to her earlier and more famous Anne of Green Gables series, the Emily novels depicted life through the eyes of a young orphan girl, Emily Starr, who is raised by her relatives after her father dies of tuberculosis. Montgomery considered Emily to be a character much closer to her own personality than Anne, and some of the events which occur in the Emily series happened to Montgomery herself. Emily is described as having black hair, purply violet eyes, elfin ears, pale skin and a unique and enchanting "slow" smile.

Emily Starr is sent to live at New Moon Farm on Prince Edward Island with her aunts Elizabeth and Laura Murray and her Cousin Jimmy. She makes friends with Ilse Burnley, Teddy Kent, and Perry Miller, the hired boy, who Aunt Elizabeth looks down upon because he was born in 'Stovepipe Town', a poorer district.

Each of the children has a special gift. Emily was born to be a writer, Teddy is a gifted artist, Ilse is a talented elocutionist, and Perry has the makings of a great politician. They also each have a few problems with their families. Emily has a hard time getting along with Aunt Elizabeth, who does not understand her need to write. Ilse's father, Dr. Burnley, ignores Ilse most of the time because of a dreadful secret concerning Ilse's mother. Teddy's mother is jealous of her son's talents and friends, fearing that his love for them will eclipse his love for her; as a result, she hates Emily, Teddy's drawings, and even his pets. Perry is not as well off as the other three, so his Aunt Tom once tries to make Emily promise to marry Perry when they grow up, threatening that unless Emily does so, she will not pay for Perry's schooling.

Other unforgettable characters are Dean "Jarback" Priest, a quiet, mysterious cynic who wants something he fears is ever unattainable; fiery Mr Carpenter, the crusty old schoolteacher who is Emily's mentor and honest critic when it comes to evaluating her stories and poems; "simple" Cousin Jimmy, who recites his poetry when the spirit moves him; Aunt Laura, who is the kind aunt; and strict, suspicious Aunt Elizabeth who yet proves to be an unexpected ally in times of trouble. This was the most loved book in the series.


The three Emily novels are Emily of New Moon (1923), Emily Climbs (1925) and Emily's Quest (1927). The series follows Emily through her school years and her climb up the symbolic "Alpine Path" to becoming a successful author (the Alpine Path is a phrase from a poem which was inspirational to her from a young age). The later books also follow Emily through several romances (which are not intimacy romances) and adventures. Emily is a heroine with a love for the beauty in nature and art, loyalty to her friends, a thirst for knowledge, and a passionate dedication to her writing.


Since its original publication in 1923, the book has never gone out of print. The most popular editions of the book include the following.

ISBN Published Details
Seal, Mass Market Paperback
Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, paperback
Cornstalk, hardcover

Short stories

To promote the book in the United States, Montgomery published edited chapters from it as short stories in The Delineator. These included "Enter Emily" and "Too Few Cooks", which was later adapted into a chapter of Magic for Marigold. These ran the early months of 1925.


The book has been translated into numerous languages, including the following.

  • "Emily fra Månegården" (Danish)
  • Kumkunen Emily (Emily Dreming)' and 'Emily, Chowon ew Bit (Emily, the Light on the Plain) (Korean)
  • Emīlija no Jaunā mēness (Latvian)
  • Pieni runotyttö (Finnish)
  • Emilka ze Srebrnego Nowiu (Polish)
  • Emily (Swedish)
  • Emily, de la Luna Nueva (Spanish)
  • Emily della Luna Nuova (Italy)
  • Kawaii Emily (Japanese)
  • Emilie de la Nouvelle Lune (French)
  • Emily auf der Moon-Farm (German)
  • Emily-Dokhtare Darrehaye Sabz (Persian)
  • Emily z Nového Mesiaca (Slovak)
  • Emily ở trang trại trăng non (Tiếng Việt)
  • Emily (Sinhala)
  • Emily de Lua Nova (Brasil)
  • ,,Emily - A tűzpróba" and ,, Emily - Barátságok (=Emily: Friendships)" (Hungarian)


The novels were adapted into a TV series by Cinar, Salter Street Films and CBC Television in 1998. It was filmed on Prince Edward Island and starred local children. The series currently airs on Canada's Vision TV in English and TLN in Spanish, and in the US on This TV. The series is also currently available on Roku's Hallmark Movie Channel, and for free on Encore+.

In April 2007, the novels were adapted into a 26-episode animated television series in Japan called Kaze no Shōjo Emily (Emily, The Wind Girl). The series was produced by NHK and Tokyo Movie Shinsha.

Popular culture

The book is featured in the TV series Russian Doll.

On November 5, 2019, the BBC News listed Emily of New Moon on its list of the 100 most influential novels.

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