L. M. Montgomery

She was a prolific writer, writing 20 novels, 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays, and still Lucy Maud Montgomery is accredited with commenting that she had yet to produce her greatest work.


L.M. Montgomery was born in 1874, and grew up with her maternal grandparents. She attained a teaching certificate and taught at different island school. Teaching was never her calling, but it affording her the opportunity to write. She wrote “Anne of Green Gables” in 1908 and it was an instant success.

L.M. Montgomery was a beautiful woman and had a number of suitors, but did not marry until 1911 after a five-year engagement. Her husband was Ewen Macdonald, a minister. The life of a married woman did not fit L. M. Montgomery. She had bouts of depression, from which she recovered through storytelling.

She continued to write until her death in 1942. At the time, it was said that she died of natural causes, but she left a cryptic note that could be read as a suicide note, but of course, there is speculation.

From the time, I first encountered “Anne of Green Gables” I have had an image of L.M. Montgomery as this matronly, old woman, sitting at an old desk in a high-necked, Victorian dress, quite forgetting that there is an “Anne” in her as well.

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