We’ve officially surpassed 2,000 books in the database! We’ve created a fun way for readers to go on a sapphic book finding mission to get familiar with this new resource. Four prizes of a $15 Amazon gift card will be awarded in drawings on November 9, 16, 23, and 30. For complete rules, click here.
Now let’s get to today’s history lesson: Lucy Maud Montgomery
On November 30, 1874, Lucy Maud Montgomery was born in Clifton in Prince Edward Island. Her mother died when Lucy was young and her father, consumed with grief, handed off his daughter to be raised by her maternal grandparents.
Lucy’s early years were lonely, spending a lot of time alone. To cope, she created imaginary worlds and friends. She went to school to earn a teacher’s license and while she didn’t particularly enjoy teaching, it gave her time to write.
Anne of Green Gables was published in 1908 and the story about a talkative, fanciful, but lovable and well-meaning orphan girl became an immediate bestseller, cementing Lucy’s writing career.
In 1911, Lucy married Ewen Macdonald, a Presbyterian minister. They had three sons, but their second child was stillborn. Her husband was mentally ill, and Lucy suffered bouts of depression. Despite having an unhappy marriage, she believed as a Christian woman she had to make her marriage work.
During her life, she published twenty novels, an autobiography, over five hundred short stories, five hundred poems, and thirty essays.
She died on April 24, 1942, at the age of sixty-seven. Her granddaughter claims Lucy Maud Montgomery suffered from depression, and she took her own life by a drug overdose. No one will know for sure the true cause of her death.
To honor Lucy Maud Montgomery, we’re asking readers to go to the BookFinder and look up books in the following Them category: Found Family.
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