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Topic – Lucy Maud Montgomery and Anne Shirley

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Lucy Maud Montgomery and Anne Shirley

Anne of Green Gables

Lucy Maud Montgomery is the author who created Anne Shirley. You may know Anne Shirley as Anne of Green Gables. Anne of Green Gables is also the title of the first book about Anne Shirley. Since the book was published in 1908, it has sold more than 50 million copies. It has been translated into more than 30 different languages. Anne Shirley is loved by people all over the world.

Montgomery wrote more books about Anne Shirley. In these books, Anne goes from the age of 11 to the age of 40. But the most popular book is Anne of Green Gables, about Anne from age 11 to 16. There have also been movies, TV movies, TV series, and even a musical about Anne.

In Anne of Green Gables, Anne is an orphan. She has been sent to live with a brother (Matthew) and sister (Marilla) in Prince Edward Island. The couple thought they were adopting a boy to help with their farm. Their farm is called Green Gables. Anne was not the boy they expected, but they decide to keep Anne anyway.

Lucy Maud Montgomery

Lucy Maud Montgomery was born in Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) in 1874. Her mother died when she was only 21 months old. Her father sent her to live with her grandparents in Cavendish, P.E.I.

Lucy began keeping a journal and writing poetry when she was nine years old. Writing helped keep her from being lonely. She went to school in Cavendish. Then she went to college and became a teacher. She taught at different schools on P.E.I. She also took time off teaching to go to university to study literature for one year.

In 1898, her grandfather died. She went back to Cavendish to take care of her grandmother. She lived there for most of the next 13 years. She wrote Anne of Green Gables in 1905, and used some of her own life experiences in the story.  When she finally got it published, it became an immediate success.

When her grandmother died in 1911, Lucy married and moved away from P.E.I. She continued to write, publishing more novels about Anne, and short stories and books of poetry.  She never lived in P.E.I. again. But when she died in 1943, she was buried near her old home in Cavendish.

Lucy Maud Montgomery and Anne Shirley have not been forgotten. Every year, thousands of tourists visit Prince Edward Island to see where both of these famous women—real and fictional —lived.


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