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Lucy Maud Montgomery

(adapted from the "About the Author" pages on my books)

Lucy Maud Montgomery (better known as L.M. Montgomery) was born on November 30, 1874 at Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Canada. That's where she spent her childhood, living with her grandmother in an old farmhouse.
Like Anne Shirley and Emily Starr, L.M. Montgomery wrote poems and short stories as a young girl. When she was twelve years old, she won a short story contest sponsored by the Montreal Star.
Although it was rare for a woman to receive higher education, L.M. Montgomery attended Prince of Wales College in Charlottestown, P.E.I. From there she proceeded to Dalhousie University, where she spent one year.
At 17, she went to work for the Halifax Chronicle in Nova Scotia. She wrote for its evening edition, the Echo. She then returned home to teach. In 1911, she married the Reverend Ewan MacDonald and moved to Ontario.
Anne of Green Gables started out as a serial for a Sunday school paper until popular response encouraged L.M. Montgomery to publish the story as her first novel in 1908. Anne of Green Gables quickly became a favorite of readers around the world.
L.M. Montgomery continued Anne Shirley's story with seven more novels. She also wrote Emily of New Moon in 1923, followed by Emily Climbs and Emily's Quest.
L.M. Montgomery died in Toronto in 1942. She is buried at her early home in Cavendish, P.E.I.