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Lucy Maud Montgomery was born in 1874
Lucy Maud Montgomery was born to Hugh John Montgomery and Clara Woolner Macneill on November 30, 1874. When she was only 21 months old, she was basically orphaned when her mother died of tuberculosis and her father moved to western Canada and eventually remarried.
She was given a home by her maternal Grandparents, Alexander and Lucy Woolner Macneill, where they lived all together in Cavendish, PEI. This is where L. M. Montgomery passed her childhood years, with the exception of one year when she went to visit her father and his wife in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
A budding writer
L. M. Montgomery spent her childhood years using her imagination, spending time in nature, reading plenty of books, and writing.
Her first piece of writing to be published was a poem entitled On Cape LeForce when she was about 16 years old.
From then on she continued writing poems and stories and sending them in to several newspapers and magazines, eventually making a enough money off off them to live comfortably.
Enter Anne Shirley
Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote her first and to date, her most famous novel, Anne of Green Gables in 1905. However, after being rejected several times by publishers, the manuscript was put aside temporarily forgotten.
L. M. Montgomery later found the manuscript again, and decided to send it in once more to be published. Finally, in 1908 Anne of Green Gables was made known to the public. This was the catalyst for the publication of the rest of the Anne Series, and many more most beloved novels.
L. M. Montgomery's Later Life
Lucy Maud Montgomery eventually got married to a Presbyterian minister and had three sons with him, one of whom was was stillborn.
She continued writing novels, poems, short-stories, and journals until she died on April 24, 1942.
Little could she know that over 110 years after her first novel was published, that it would still be so popular and so beloved by many.
If you want to know more about Lucy Maud Montgomery’s life and legacy I suggest you take a look at the L. M. Montgomery Institute.
Lucy Maud Montgomery for Kids
If you are interested in introducing young children to this famous Canadian author, the picture book Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Author of Anne of Green Gables by Alexandra Wallner. It uses wonderful illustrations along with simple text to tell the story of the fascinating author.
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