Lucy Maud Montgomery
Lucy Maud Montgomery, often referred to as LMM by her fans, was born on November 30, 1874 in Clifton, Prince Edward Island. In 1876, her mother died, and some years later her father remarried. She attended Prince Edward Island College where she gained a First Class Teacher's License between the years 1893-1894, she then taught for a year at Bideford before entering Dalhousie University, Halifax. After a year in Halifax, she moved to Belmont where she taught and became engaged to Edwin Simpson. The engagement did not last for long however, and in 1898, whilst teaching in Lower Bedeque, she began a relationship with Herman Leard. Her life took a turn, in 1901 when she gave up teaching and joined the staff of the Halifax Daily Echo. In 1906 she became secretly engaged to Ewan MacDonald, a Presbyterian Minister.
While working at the Daily Echo, Montgomery began writing in a serious manner and her first novel, Anne of Green Gables was published in 1908, its successor, Anne of Avonlea, quickly following in 1909. These books and their sequels were to be her most enduring work. From this moment on, she wrote almost non-stop, publishing 20 novels and around 500 short stories and poems. Her love of Prince Edward Island is reflected in much of her work, and she is responsible for putting the small island in the world spotlight.
Montgomery married Ewan MacDonald in July 1911 and travelled to Scotland and England for their honeymoon. Her first child, Chester Cameron, was born in 1912 and was followed by Hugh Alexander in 1914. Sadly, Hugh Alexander died at birth. A year later, there was a new baby, Ewan Stuart. She voted for the first time in 1917, was the first Canadian woman to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in Britain in 1923 and met the Prince of Wales in 1927. In 1935 she was elected to the Literary and Artistic Institute of France. After a lifetime of huge achievement, Lucy Maud Montgomery died on April 24, 1942.