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10 Facts About Lucy Maud Montgomery


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The first biography of Montgomery, The Wheel of Things: A Biography of L.M. Montgomery by Mollie Gillen (1975)

“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.” — L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Lucy Maud Montgomery is without a doubt one of the most beloved authors of all time. In honor of her 141st birthday on November 30th, AbeBooks has put together 10 facts about Lucy Maud Montgomery:

1. Since publication, Anne of Green Gables has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into at least 20 different languages.

2. Maud, as she was called by family and friends, started writing poetry at the age of 9.

3. Montgomery started her career as a teacher, and went on to study English literature at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Montgomery was one of the few women of her time to seek post-secondary education.

4. Similar to Jane Austen whose manuscript for Pride and Prejudice was originally rejected by publishers, Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables was also rejected. First written in 1905, it wasn’t until 1907 that Montgomery decided to try again and eventually found a publisher. In 1908, Page Company of Boston published the book and it became an instant best-seller.

5. Montgomery moved to Leaskdale, Ontario with her husband and spent the rest of her life in various towns and cities in Ontario. She never lived on PEI again but was buried in Cavendish, PEI.

6. Of the 20 books that Montgomery wrote, all but one were based in PEI.

7. People from around the world flock to PEI during the summer months to visit Green Gables located in the PEI National Park. According to a New York Times article, the site receives thousands of visitors each year – about 20% from Japan.

8. In 1920, Montgomery stopped writing about Anne, stating in her personal journal that she had tired of the character. After a 15 year break, she went back to writing about Anne and released Anne of Windy Poplars in 1936 and Anne of Ingleside in 1939.

9. The last book written by Montgomery was delivered to her publisher on the day of her death. The publisher declined to release the book. In 1974, an abridged version of the book was published as a collection of short stories called The Road to Yesterday. The entire book was published in 2009 by Viking Canada called The Blythes Are Quoted.

10. Mark Twain and Lucy Maud Montgomery share the same birthday. Mark Twain said that Montgomery’s Anne was “the dearest and most moving and delightful child since the immortal Alice”.

A selection of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s work:

Anne of Green Gables - 1st Edition. Published by  L.C. Page & Company, Boston. 1908.

Anne of Green Gables – 1st Edition. Published by L.C. Page & Company, Boston. 1908.

Emily of New Moon published by Frederick A. Stokes Company, New York . 1923

Emily of New Moon published by Frederick A. Stokes Company, New York

Chronicles of Avonlea - First Canadian edition, published in 1943 by The Ryerson Press, Toronto.

Chronicles of Avonlea – First Canadian edition, published in 1943 by The Ryerson Press, Toronto.

Mistress-Pat

Mistress Pat: A Novel of Silver Bush. A first edition, published in 1935 by McClelland & Stewart, Toronto.

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Anne of Green Gables Library: Anne of Green Gables Library: Anne of Green Gables; Anne of Avonlea; Anne of the Island; Anne s House of Dreams

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