Lucy Maud Montgomery was born in Clifton, P.E.I., Canada on November 30, 1874. After the death of her mother when she was young, Montgomery’s refuge from loneliness was her imagination. She was a storyteller from early youth.
“I cannot remember when I was not writing, or when I did not mean to be an author.”
She published her first poem in a local newspaper at the age of 15. During her lifetime, she wrote 23 books of fiction, one book of poetry, a book on courageous women, an autobiography, a life’s worth of journals (5,000 pages!), 450 poems and over 500 short stories.
Of these contributions, her career is best known for giving the world Anne of Green Gables, an imaginative, short-tempered, loving red-headed orphan in search of a home. Montgomery died in 1942.
The L.M. Montgomery Institute, housed at the University of Prince Edward Island, pays tribute to Montgomery’s achievement and provides a center for the dynamic research that is focused on her work, career, and Island home.