Her mother, Clara Woolner Macneill Montgomery, died of tuberculosis when Lucy was twenty-one months old. Stricken with grief, her father, Hugh John Montgomery, placed Lucy in the custody of her maternal grandparents. She created imaginary friends and worlds to cope with her loneliness, and Montgomery credits this time of her life with developing her creativity.
So with my love of those books in hand, I read Maud. Except where Anne had Marilla and Matthew—an absolute angel—Maud was tossed about between her own family members, unwanted and largely unprotected.
We watch her grow up in Cavendish, P. She arrives to a loving father and a crow of a stepmother. And all the while, her future grows bleaker, her relationships more distant, and her prospects fizzling out. A lot of subliminal parallels are drawn between Anne and Maud, and justly so.
I never thought much about LMM before, but now that I know more of her, I think the happiness she gave Anne is such a sad, generous, beautiful little thing.
Now, for the big question: Reading their depressing fates actually made me cry after spending the novel falling in love with them. And further reading, be still my heart! One thing Maud achieves wonderfully is that it never talks down to its reader, nor feels like it is taking blatant liberties with real lives, and for that reason alone, I wholeheartedly recommend it.
A free copy of Maud was provided by Penguin Books via Netgalley. All opinions are my own and uninfluenced.LM Montgomery, who died in , is one of Canada's best-loved authors, and wrote 19 other novels as well as the hugely popular children's classic.
Kate Macdonald Butler, daughter of Montgomery's youngest son Stuart Macdonald, made the long-kept family secret public in an article for Canada's Globe and Mail.
L.M. Montgomery (Lucy Maud Montgomery) was born in Clifton (now New London), Prince Edward Island, on November 30, , to Hugh John Montgomery and Clara Woolner Macneill.
When Montgomery was 21 months old, . Lucy Maud Montgomery was born November 30, , and raised on her beloved Prince Edward Island in Canada. Known professionally as simply “L.M.
Montgomery,” the author penned a string of hit novels following the adventures of a young redheaded orphan, the titular character of her first novel, Anne of Green Gables. Calendar of Events. The Leaskdale Manse is wheelchair accessible on the first floor only. The Historic Leaskdale Church, home to our luncheon teas and Gift Shop, is now wheelchair accessible on both floors thanks to the installation of our new elevator in the Summer of L.M.M.
Day – L.M. Montgomery at Home in Leaskdale It was smiles all round on October 27 as Lucy Maud Montgomery. When Lucy Maud Montgomery created Anne Shirley, she contributed a memorable character to the rich literature of orphans: Jane Eyre, Tom Sawyer, and Huck Finn, along with Dickens’s Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, and Pip of Great Expectations.
Lucy Maud ‘Maud’ Montgomery was born into a long line of Scots-Canadian ancestors who first settled in P.E.I. in the late s. Among their numbers were successful farmers, businessmen, and politicians. Lucy Maud was born on 30 November in the village of Clifton (now New London), Prince Edward Island, Canada.