born 1874

Lucy Maud Montgomery started her career as a struggling writer, working as a teacher + journalist to fund her passion. But, when Anne of Green Gables was published in 1908, it was an instant success.

Lucy Maud's own life ~ growing up on her grandparents' Prince Edward Island farm ~ was the inspiration for her most beloved literary creation, Anne {with an "e"} Shirley. It was a lonely childhood, but one that helped the prolific author cultivate her impressive imagination. During her lifetime, Lucy poured that creativity into 20 novels + 530 short stories, not to mention hundreds of poems and essays.

Today, the Anne books have sold more than 50 million copies internationally + Lucy Maud's red-headed dreamer continues to be a favorite of children's lit.

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her quotes

all quotes by L.M. Montgomery (10)

"Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"

Anne of Green Gables | 1908

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."

Anne of Green Gables | 1908

"Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting."

Anne of Green Gables | 1908

"It's lovely to be going home and know it's home."

Anne of Green Gables | 1908

"One can dream so much better in a room where there are pretty things."

Anne of Green Gables | 1908

"It gives you a lovely, comfortable feeling to apologize and be forgiven."

Anne of Green Gables | 1908

"Lines and verses are only the outward garments of the poem. The real poem is the soul within them."

Anne of Avonlea | 1908

"Oh, it's delightful to have ambitions. I'm so glad I have such a lot."

Anne of Green Gables | 1908

"Dear old world, you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you."

Anne of Green Gables | 1908

"We mustn't let next week rob us of this week's joy."

Anne of The Island | 1915
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