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One of Lucy Montgomery’s greatest achievements is her first novel, Anne of Green Gables, published in 1907.
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Key Facts & Information
Early Life and Career
- Lucy was born on November 30, 1874 in Clifton (now New London), Prince Edward Island, Canada by Clara Woolner Macneill and Hugh John Montgomery.
- Her mother died of tuberculosis before Lucy turned two while her father left her in the care of her mother’s parents, Alexander and Lucy Woolner Macneill of Cavendish. He eventually remarried.
- Although Lucy lived for one year with her father, she eventually returned to her grandparents because of bad relations with her father’s wife.
- It was reported she received little affection so the little girl was pushed to cope with loneliness through reading and writing.
- At nine years old, Lucy began writing poetry and keeping journals and started writing short stories in her mid-teens.
- She published them in local newspapers and then sold her early works to magazines throughout North America.
- Her first published poem titled “On Cape Le Force” was printed in the Charlottetown Patriot on November 26, 1890 and earned positive feedback.
- She used numerous pseudonyms such as Maud Cavendish, Joyce Cavendish, and L.M. Montgomery to hide her gender.
- In 1894, she completed a two-year teachers’ training course at Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown after only one year.
- She also studied English literature at the Halifax Ladies’ College at Dalhousie College but did not finish the course.
- She taught in village schools in the late-1890s but since she was earning enough with her published writings, Lucy returned to her grandmother in Cavendish.
- Lucy then worked as a proofreader for the Daily Echo in Halifax and a writer in weekly society column under the alias “Cynthia.”
- Between 1898 and 1911, Lucy continued to write poems and stories for publication.
- She married Presbyterian minister Ewen Macdonald in 1911 and bore three children: Chester (1912), Hugh (1914) and Stuart (1915).
- The couple changed residences from Ontario to Toronto until problems began to manifest. Her husband’s mental health led him to a sanatorium in 1934.
- She also suffered mental illness arising from the constant stress of balancing her writing and her domestic responsibilities.
- However, Lucy was adamant about the importance of a woman’s maternal duty despite facing the early loss of her own mother which was believed to have led to her loneliness.
Anne of Green Gables
- Perhaps one of Lucy Montgomery’s greatest achievements is her first novel, Anne of Green Gables, published in 1907.
- She finished the manuscript two years prior but publishers rejected it until L.C. Page in Boston eventually agreed to publish her work.
- The book was inspired by children’s books such as Little Women and Alice in Wonderland and a newspaper story about an English couple who had arranged to adopt a boy but were sent a girl.
- 19,000 copies were initially released and it became an instant hit to readers such as Canadian poet Bliss Carman and American author Mark Twain.
- It was reprinted 10 times in its first year and gathered critical praises through the years.
- She later published sequels to Anne of Green Gables — Anne of Avonlea (1909) and Anne of the Island (1915).
- Under the same publisher, Lucy further published Kilmeny of the Orchard (1910), The Story Girl (1911), Chronicles of Avonlea (1912) and The Golden Road (1913).
- Her relationship with the company, however, soured over the issues of rights and royalties.
- Soon, she transferred to Canadian publishers McClelland and Stewart and American publishers Frederick Stokes in 1917.
Other Notable Works
- With McClelland and Stewart and Stokes publications, Lucy Montgomery wrote more books.
- Anne: Anne’s House of Dreams (1917), Rainbow Valley (1919), Rilla of Ingleside (1920), Anne of Windy Poplars (1936) and Anne of Ingleside (1939).
- Emily: Emily of New Moon (1923), Emily Climbs (1925) and Emily’s Quest (1927).
- Others: The Blue Castle (1926), Magic for Marigold (1929), A Tangled Web (1931), Pat of Silver Bush (1933), Mistress Pat (1935) and Jane of Lantern Hill (1937).
- Lucy was able to publish 20 novels and two short storybooks, a book of poetry (The Watchman and Other Poems, 1916), an autobiographical account (The Alpine Path: the Story of My Career in 1917) and various other works in her younger years.
- Her works have been adapted many times and translated into more than 36 languages.
Lucy Maud Montgomery Worksheets
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- Lucy Maud Montgomery Facts
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- Being a Writer
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