(1874 - 1942)
"Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"

Lucy Maud Montgomery was a prolific Canadian author who seemed to be inspired by adversity. She was only 21 months old when her mother died and endured a lonely upbringing with her strict maternal grandparents. Her escape was to invent characters and places and she traced the roots of her creativity to this period. As an adult she faced numerous tragedies and obstacles including a stillborn second child, her husband’s ill heath and melancholia, her own depression and a protracted legal dispute with a publisher. All of this encouraged her to write more.

About a hundred of her short stories had been published by the time her first novel, Anne of Green Gables, was published in 1908. An immediate international success, it was followed by five more ‘Anne’ titles until 1921, when Montgomery became tired of writing about this character. The series was resumed later with two more books, published in 1936 and 1939 respectively. Although overshadowed by 'Anne', Montgomery's other work included a dozen novels and hundreds of short stories, poems and essays.   

Mystery surrounds Montgomery’s death in 1942. Officially the cause was coronary thrombosis, but some believe the note at her bedside was evidence of suicide.

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