L. M. Montgomery (1874-1942)
Anne of Green Gables. Much like her heroine, Canadian-born Montgomery lost her mother whilst still a baby. She was sent to live with her maternal grandparents, who brought her up very strictly. She was lonely for much of her childhood, and comforted herself by creating imaginary friends and worlds. At the age of 16, to her great excitement, Montgomery had her first poem published in the local newspaper. She continued to have hundreds of short stories published in various papers and magazines, which she wrote in addition to pursuing a teaching career. Anne of Green Gables was Montgomery’s first published novel and, although her characters and stories were beloved to so many, Montgomery never felt that she had achieved her ‘one great book’. After a string of unsuccessful romances, Montgomery settled down to marry Presbyterian minister Ewen Macdonald. She suffered from several bouts of depression, triggered by the birth of a stillborn child, coping with the religious melancholia of her husband and her duties as a church wife. Despite her unhappiness, Montgomery continued to write. She produced a further seven novels in the Anne of Green Gables series, as well as a biography, a book of poems and several other novels and short stories.
Friday, 28 December 2012
They died in 1942 -- 4: L. M. Montgomery
The fourth of Miriam Levenson's twelve guest pen portraits of creative geniuses whose work is about to enter the public domain in "life-plus-70" copyright regimes is L. M. Montgomery, an author whose work has enthralled generations of children: