Anne of Green Gables was written by Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) and first published in 1908. It tells the story of an orphan girl sent by mistake to a middle-aged brother and sister, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, and introduces some of the...
Lucy Maud Montgomery was a popular Canadian novelist of the early 20th century, writing over 20 works between 1908 and 1937.
Montgomery was born and raised on Prince Edward Island, a small, maritime province of Canada. Montgomery's mother died when she was an infant, and she was raised by her maternal grandparents. She attended a one-room schoolhouse from age 6 to 19, then earned a teacher's license and studied literature at a university. Montgomery worked as a teacher for two years until the death of her grandfather. Following her grandfather's death in 1898, Montgomery returned to her childhood home to care for her grandmother. She lived with her grandmother for the following 13 years and began her writing career.
Montgomery's first novel, Anne of Green Gables, was published in 1908 by a publisher in Boston, Massachusetts. The novel was an immediate best-seller and set off Montgomery's popularity as a novelist. In 1911, Montgomery's grandmother died. Montgomery married later in 1911 and moved from Prince Edward Island to Ontario. Montgomery published 7 sequels to Anne of Green Gables, a variety of other series, and collections of short stories, poetry, and essays. Montgomery remained in Ontario with her husband and sons until the end of her life in 1942.