November 30, 1874 was a monumental day in the literary world.
No one knew it that day, but years later when Lucy Maud Montgomery started writing and publishing her work, the world woke UP.
Lucy wrote 20 novels and over 500 short stories and poems.
Her greatest gift: Anne of Green Gables.
I first read it when I was in the 4th or 5th grade. Mrs. Kindig, God Bless her, suggested to me that I read the moving story of the red haired orphan girl.
I’ve probably read it 30 times in my life, I have at least 3 copies. It’s a treasure.
Everyone should read it. Boys, girls, adults…EVERYONE!
Although it’s set in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it’s timeless. Much of the story line in Anne of Green Gables is set on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Her books turned the tiny Canadian Province into a literary landmark. She is one of the most beloved Canadian writers. Leaksdale, where she lived for 15 years and where she wrote 11 books, celebrates “Lucy Maud Montgomery Day”!!
She summed UP her philosophy in one sentence:
“I am simply a ‘book drunkard.’ Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.”
I couldn’t agree more!
Lucy herself was a lonely child who’s mother died when Lucy was 21 months old. Her childhood was spent with her strict grandparents. She felt that her loneliness allowed her creative mind to develop. She had many imaginary friends.
The literary world reaped the mother-lode of that loneliness.
Lucy Maud Montgomery was named for the daughter of King Edward VII, who later became the Queen of Norway.
Lucy was literary royalty in her own right!