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Lucy Maud Montgomery (November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942), published as L. M. Montgomery, was a Canadian author best known for a collection of novels, essays, short stories, and poetry beginning in 1908 with Anne of Green Gables. She published 20 novels as well as 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays. Anne of Green Gables was an immediate success; the title character, orphan Anne Shirley, made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following. Most of the novels were set on Prince Edward Island, and those locations within Canada's smallest province became a literary landmark and popular tourist site – namely Green Gables farm, the genesis of Prince Edward Island National Park. She was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935. Montgomery's work, diaries, and letters have been read and studied by scholars and readers worldwide. The L. M. Montgomery Institute, University of Prince Edward Island, is responsible for the scholarly inquiry into the life, works, culture, and influence of L. M. Montgomery. Early life and education Lucy Maud Montgomery was born in New London on Prince Edward Island, Canada, on November 30, 1874. Her mother, Clara Woolner (née Macneill) Montgomery (1853-1876), known as "Tillie", died of tuberculosis (TB) when Maud was 21 months old. Stricken with grief, her father, Hugh John Montgomery (1841-1900), placed Maud in her maternal grandparents' custody, though he remained in the vicinity. When Maud was seven, her father moved to Prince Albert, North-West Territories (now Prince Albert, Saskatchewan). From then on Maud was raised by her grandparents, Alexander Marquis Macneill and Lucy Woolner Macneill, in the community of Cavendish, Prince Edward Island. Montgomery's early life in Cavendish was very lonely. Despite having relatives nearby, much of her childhood was spent alone. She created imaginary friends and worlds to cope with her loneliness, and Montgomery credited this time of her life with developing her creativity. Her imaginary friends were named Katie Maurice and Lucy Gray and lived in the "fairy room" behind the bookcase in the drawing room. During a church service, Montgomery asked her aunt where her dead mother was, leading her to point upwards. Montgomery saw a trap door in the church's ceiling, which led her to wonder why the minister did not just get a ladder to retrieve her mother from the church's ceiling.In 1887, at age 13, Montgomery wrote in her diary that she had "early dreams of future fame." She submitted a poem for publication, writing, "I saw myself the wonder of my schoolmates— a little local celebrity." Upon rejection, Montgomery wrote, "Tears of disappointment would come in spite of myself, as I crept away to hide the poor crumpled manuscript in the depths of my trunk." She later wrote, "down, deep down under all the discouragement and rebuff, I knew I would 'arrive' someday."After completing her education in Cavendish, Montgomery spent one year (1890) in Prince Albert with her father and her stepmother, Mary Ann McRae (1863-1910), who had married in 1887. While she was in Prince Albert, Montgomery's first work, a poem titled "On Cape LeForce," was published in the Charlottetown paper The Daily Patriot. She was as excited about this as she was about her return to Prince Edward Island in 1891. Before returning to Cavendish, Montgomery had another article published in the newspaper, describing her visit to a First Nations camp on the Great Plains. She often saw Blackfeet and Plains Cree in Prince Albert, writing that she saw many Indians on the Prairies who were much more handsome and attractive than those she had seen in the Maritimes. Montgomery's return to Cavendish was a great relief to her. Her time in Prince Albert was unhappy, for she did not get along with her stepmother. According to Montgomery, her father's marriage was not a happy one.In 1893, Montgomery attended Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown to obtain a teacher's license. She loved Prince Edward Island. During solitary walks through the peaceful island countryside, Montgomery started to experience what she called "the flash"—a moment of tranquility and clarity when she felt emotional ecstasy and was inspired by the awareness of a higher spiritual power running through nature. Montgomery's accounts of this "flash" were later given to the character Emily Byrd Starr in the "Emily of New Moon" trilogy, and also served as the basis for her descriptions of Anne Shirley's sense of emotional communion with nature. In 1905, Montgomery wrote in her journal, "amid the commonplaces of life, I was very near to a kingdom of ideal beauty. Between it and me hung only a thin veil. I could never quite draw it aside, but sometimes a wind fluttered it. I seemed to catch a glimpse of the enchanting realm beyond—only a glimpse—but those glimpses had always made life worthwhile." A deeply spiritual woman, Montgomery found the moments when she experienced "the flash" some of the most beautiful, moving and intense of her life.Montgomery completed the two-year teaching program in Charlottetown in one year. In 1895 and 1896, she studied literature at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Writing career, romantic interests, and family life Published books and suitors Upon leaving Dalhousie, Montgomery worked as a teacher in various Prince Edward Island schools. Though she did not enjoy teaching, it afforded her time to write. Beginning in 1897, her short stories were published in magazines and newspapers. A prolific writer, Montgomery published over 100 stories between 1897 and 1907. During her teaching years, Montgomery had numerous love interests. As a highly fashionable young woman, she had "slim, good looks" and won the attention of several young men. In 1889, at 14, Montgomery began a relationship with a Cavendish boy, Nate Lockhart. To her, the relationship was merely a humorous and witty friendship. It ended abruptly when Montgomery refused his marriage proposal.The early 1890s brought unwelcome advances from John A. Mustard and Will Pritchard. Mustard, her teacher, quickly became her suitor; he tried to impress her with his knowledge of religious matters. His best topics of conversation were his thoughts on predestination and "other dry points of theology," which held little appeal for Montgomery. During the period when Mustard's interest became more pronounced, Montgomery found a new interest in Pritchard, the brother of her friend Laura Pritchard. This friendship was more amiable, but he too felt more for Montgomery than she did for him. When Pritchard sought to take their friendship further, Montgomery resisted. She refused both marriage proposals; Mustard was too narrow-minded, and she considered Pritchard merely a good chum. She ended the period of flirtation when she moved to Prince Edward Island. She and Pritchard continued to correspond for over six years, until he died of influenza in 1897. In 1.... Discover the L M Montgomery popular books. Find the top 100 most popular L M Montgomery books.

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  • The Complete Christmas Stories of L. M. Montgomery. 14 short stories synopsis, comments

    The Complete Christmas Stories of L. M. Montgomery. 14 short stories

    L.M. Montgomery

    With Christmas just a few days away, why not pause your regular reading and savor a Christmas stories by  Lucy Maud Montgomery?Christmas and New Year's is a season of celebrat...

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    The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables

    Catherine Reid

    One of Smithsonian magazine’s Best Books About Travel of 2018The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables explores L. M. Montgomery’s deep connection to the landscapes of Prince Edw...

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    Anne of the Island

    L.M. Montgomery

    BY A REMARKABLE CANADIAN WRITER. NOW A NETFLIX SERIES. 'Anne Shirley is, for me, one of the great characters of literature' LAUREN CHILD'The dearest, most moving and delightful chi...

  • Anne of Green Gables synopsis, comments

    Anne of Green Gables

    L.M. Montgomery

    <b>Anne of Green Gables</b> by <b>L.M. Montgomery</b>: Join the adventures of Anne Shirley, an imaginative and spirited orphan, as she arrives in the charmi...

  • Anne Of Green Gables Complete 8 Book Set synopsis, comments

    Anne Of Green Gables Complete 8 Book Set

    L.M. Montgomery & bookish

    Embark on an enchanting journey with Anne Shirley, the beloved heroine of Prince Edward Island Step into a world of imagination, adventure, and love with Anne of Green Gables Comp...

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    Lucy Maud Montgomery

    Mary Henley Rubio

    Mary Henley Rubio has spent over two decades researching Montgomery’s life, and has put together a comprehensive and penetrating picture of this Canadian literary icon, all set in ...

  • Anne of Avonlea synopsis, comments

    Anne of Avonlea

    L.M. Montgomery

    You might think I'd have grown out of getting myself into scrapes now that I'm half past sixteen. But between being vexed by my freckles, taunted by a brazen Jersey cow and kept on...

  • Anne of Green Gables synopsis, comments

    Anne of Green Gables

    L.M. Montgomery

    BY A REMARKABLE CANADIAN WRITER. NOW A NETFLIX SERIES.'Anne Shirley is, for me, one of the great characters of literature' LAUREN CHILD'The grandmother of the YA/adult crossover no...

  • The Blythes Are Quoted synopsis, comments

    The Blythes Are Quoted

    L.M. Montgomery

    Adultery, illegitimacy, misogyny, revenge, murder, despair, bitterness, hatred, and deathusually not the first terms associated with L.M. Montgomery. But in The Blythes Are Quoted,...

  • 7 best short stories - Christmas synopsis, comments

    7 best short stories - Christmas

    Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Dickens, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Henry Van Dyke, Stephen Leacock, Leo Tolstoy, O. Henry & August Nemo

    Christmas brings out the best of us, our best intentions and willingness to share with others. The writers also participate in this climate of generosity and offered us with great ...

  • L. M. Montgomery synopsis, comments

    L. M. Montgomery

    Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara

    From the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the incredible life of Lucy Maud Montgomery, the famous Canadian author of Anne of Green Gables. Born in th...

  • L. M. Montgomery synopsis, comments

    L. M. Montgomery

    Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara

    From the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the incredible life of Lucy Maud Montgomery, the famous Canadian author of Anne of Green Gables. Born in th...

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    Rilla of Ingleside

    L.M. Montgomery

    BY A REMARKABLE CANADIAN WRITER. 'The grandmother of the YA/adult crossover novel' JEAN HANNAH EDELSTEIN, GUARDIAN 'Anne Shirley is, for me, one of the great characters of literatu...

  • L. M. Montgomery synopsis, comments

    L. M. Montgomery

    Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara

    From the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the incredible life of Lucy Maud Montgomery, the famous Canadian author of Anne of Green Gables. Born in th...

  • Anne Of Green Gables Complete 8 Book Set synopsis, comments

    Anne Of Green Gables Complete 8 Book Set

    L.M. Montgomery & Bluefire Books

    Welcome to the charming world of Avonlea with the "Timeless Anne: The Complete Green Gables Collection". This comprehensive ebook compilation brings together all of L.M. Mo...

  • 7 best short stories - Thanksgiving Day synopsis, comments

    7 best short stories - Thanksgiving Day

    Louisa May Alcott, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, William Dean Howells, O. Henry, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Francis K. Ball, Edward Payson Roe & August Nemo

    Thanksgiving began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cu...

  • Emily of New Moon synopsis, comments

    Emily of New Moon

    L.M. Montgomery

    FROM THE BELOVED AUTHOR OF ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. NOW A TV SERIES. 'The grandmother of the YA/adult crossover novel' JEAN HANNAH EDELSTEIN, GUARDIAN Discover L. M. Montgomery's own ...

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    Jane of Lantern Hill

    L.M. Montgomery

    BY A REMARKABLE CANADIAN WRITER. 'The grandmother of the YA/adult crossover novel' JEAN HANNAH EDELSTEIN, GUARDIAN 'Genuinely delightful' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Jane and her mother ...

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    Anne of Windy Willows

    L.M. Montgomery

    BY A REMARKABLE CANADIAN WRITER. NOW A NETFLIX SERIES.'Anne Shirley is, for me, one of the great characters of literature' LAUREN CHILD'The dearest, most moving and delightful chil...

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    Rainbow Valley

    L.M. Montgomery

    BY A REMARKABLE CANADIAN WRITER. NOW A NETFLIX SERIES.'Anne Shirley is, for me, one of the great characters of literature' LAUREN CHILD'The grandmother of the YA/adult crossover no...

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    Anne of Ingleside

    L.M. Montgomery

    BY A REMARKABLE CANADIAN WRITER. NOW A NETFLIX SERIES.'Anne Shirley is, for me, one of the great characters of literature' LAUREN CHILD'The dearest, most moving and delightful chil...

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    Maud

    Melanie J. Fishbane

    For the first time ever, a young adult novel about the teen years of L.M. Montgomery, the author who brought us ANNE OF GREEN GABLES.     Fourteenyearold L...

  • Anne of Avonlea synopsis, comments

    Anne of Avonlea

    L.M. Montgomery

    BY A REMARKABLE CANADIAN WRITER. NOW A NETFLIX SERIES.'Anne Shirley is, for me, one of the great characters of literature' LAUREN CHILD'The grandmother of the YA/adult crossover no...

  • The Complete Anne of Green Gables Collection synopsis, comments

    The Complete Anne of Green Gables Collection

    L.M. Montgomery

    For more than a century, these classic novels have been enchanting readers young and old. Now, all eight books in the Anne of Green Gables series are brought together in this speci...

  • The Collected Works of L. M. Montgomery synopsis, comments

    The Collected Works of L. M. Montgomery

    L.M. Montgomery

    The Collected Works of L. M. Montgomery is a collection of classic works by one of the greatest writers in history. The included works of L. M. Montgomery are Anne of Green Gables,...