Anne of Green Gables and A Strange Manuscript found in a Copper Cylinder An Articulation of Canadian Identity If there are two works of literature than can represent Canadian Identity, then it would be L.M. Montgomerys Anne of Green Gables and James de Milles A Strange Manuscript found in a Copper Cylinder. Since its publication in 1908, Anne has maintained a wide readership while Strange Manuscript is probably one of the most explored Canadian novel because of its unique genres. Anne of Green Gables features the life of an orphaned girl named Anne Shirley as she journeys to adulthood. Adopted by Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, brother and sister, Anne is a happy girl who has learned to be optimistic even in impoverished situations. She is a generous spirit, but she may also be characterized an Ð²ÐÑoutcastÐ²ÐÑ because she intentionally defies codes of conduct. She is an imaginative girl, but soon loses some of her childish qualities as she grows up. She turns to academics and goes on to finish university and teach at Avonlea.