Lucy Maud Montgomery
Lucy Maud Montgomery was born November 30, 1874 in Clifton Prince Edward Island. She was just 21 months old when her mother died of tuberculosis and this single, tragic event set the course of little Lucy’s life. Her father left Lucy to the care of her mother’s parents in Cavendish, PEI.
Now an only child living with her elderly grandparents, in her solitude she starting writing, reading and exploring nature. She still had connections to her Mother’s family in cousins in Park Corner. She completed her education in Cavendish, and went to teachers College where she had a brief career in education. She started writing when caring for her Grandmother, sending poems and stories to Canadian, British and American magazines starting in 1898.
In 1905 she wrote Anne of Green Gables; however, it was rejected by all publishers to whom it was sent. She put it aside, but tried again in 1907, and this time was met with success. L.C. Page Company of Boston, Mass., accepted the manuscript and the first edition was published in April of 1908. Due to the uncertainty of how the book would be received, the first run was quite small. However, while there was a plethora of books for young boys, there were not many stories aimed at young women, and the book was sold out almost immediately. A second, larger run was ordered in July of the same year. She published 4 more books under L.C. Page After a bitter and hard fought lawsuit she switched to Canadian publishers McClelland and Stewart in 1917, her American publisher became Fredrick Stokes.
Montgomery’s life was marked by her husband’s depression and more lawsuits with L.C. Page about royalties for her first books. Never to make that mistake again, she became quite astute about her works and her rights of ownership.
She died in 1942, just before the first Canadian edition of Anne of Green Gables was published by Ryerson Press.
The ‘Anne’ stories remain in popular and in print across the globe and, over the years, there have been countless successful adaptations for both film and television.
Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.
-Lucy Maude Montgomery