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L. M. Montgomery is known around the world as the creator of the Anne of Green Gables books, an enormously popular series of novels written primarily for children about a red-headed girl growing up in Prince Edward Island, Canada. In addition to some novels aimed at a more adult audience, she also produced undistinguished poetry and some journalism. Her voluminous diaries have also attracted critical attention, and she maintained lengthy correspondences with friends Ephraim Weber and George MacMillan.
L. M. Montgomery's writing tends to romance instead of realism, and she criticised the novel Strange Fugitive by Morley Callaghan for creating a literature that focused solely and meticulously on "a latrine or pig-sty." Bibliographic Citation link. The point of literature, she thought, was to focus on the beautiful: "sunsets are just as real as pigsties." Bibliographic Citation link.
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30 November 1874 LMM was born in Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Canada, her parents' only child. Bibliographic Citation link.
1883 LMM began keeping a diary and started writing poetry at the age of nine. Bibliographic Citation link.
8 April 1907 LMM received notice from L. C. Page Co. of Boston that they wished to publish her novel for young adults entitled Anne of Green Gables; it was out by June of the following year. Bibliographic Citation link.
24 April 1942 LMM died in Toronto, Ontario, where she had lived, largely unhappily, for seven years In September 2008 her grand-daughter reported the family belief that she took her life by means of a drug overdose. Bibliographic Citation link.
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