The Green Gables Collection

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Doubleday Canada, Jun 3, 2008 - Country life - 768 pages
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L.M. Montgomery’s novels are renowned worldwide for their beautiful storytelling and dearly loved characters. Together now in one glorious volume, here are the first three of Montgomery’s beloved Anne books. These enduring works have captivated children and adults alike for a hundred years, and have touched the lives of millions of readers in Canada and around the world.

Anne Shirley, with her boundless imagination and heart, slowly brings joy into the lives of those around her. Her courage, her enthusiasm, and her ability to love, have made her one of literature’s most dearly-loved characters. Richly and indelibly entertaining, Anne continues to enthrall generations of readers.

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About the author (2008)

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) was born in the village of Clifton (now New London) on Prince Edward Island in Canada. She was brought up by her grandparents after her mother died when she was two. Later her father moved away to Saskatchewan, where he remarried, and when she spent some months in his new home she was not happy. 'I do not think', she wrote, 'that the majority of grownups have any real conception of the tortures sensitive children suffer over any marked difference between themselves and the other denizens of their small world.'

While working as a reporter for the Halifax Daily Echo, she wrote Anne of Green Gables in the evenings over a period of eighteen months and when it was rejected by four publishers she put it away for two years. Then she revised it and a Boston publisher accepted it at once. When it appeared in 1908 the book proved so popular that ever afterwards she felt constrained by the public's constant demand for more stories about Anne. She did write five sequels – as well as many other novels – and they made her rich, but none reached the classic status of the first.

In 1911 she married Ewan Macdonald. She had two sons; she enjoyed fame and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935. She died in Toronto in 1942 and was buried in Cavendish Cemetery, not far from her birthplace.

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