“All pioneers are considered to be afflicted with moonstruck madness.” —Lucy Maud Montgomery
Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874—1942) was a Canadian novelist, arguably Canada’s most widely read author. Her first novel, Anne of Green Gables (published in 1908), became an instant bestseller and has remained in print for more than a century, making the plucky character of Anne Shirley a mythic icon for imaginative, intelligent young girls all over the world. The Anne of Green Gables series has been translated into at least 36 languages as well as braille, not to mention television and film adaptations. LM Montgomery was financially successful as a writer in her own right, but managed all this while being carrying out the duties expected of a minster’s wife and raising three boys. Montgomery went on to publish 20 novels as well as 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays. She is revered not only for her charming Anne character, but for putting the smaller parts of Canada on the literary map, boosting interest and tourism for those areas of the country. In 1935, Maud was awarded the esteemed honor of officer of the Order of the British Empire.