Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) was born in New London, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Her mother died of Tuberculosis when she was almost 2 years old. Her father then moved to the west of the country, leaving her in the care of her maternal grandparents. As an only child living with an elderly couple, Lucy found support in her imagination, in nature, in books and in writing. At the age of 9, she started writing poetry and keeping a diary. From 1893 to 1894, she studied to be a teacher at Prince of Wales College, graduating with honors when she finished the course in half the expected time.
In 1905, Lucy wrote her first and most famous novel: Anne of Green Gables. At the time, she sent the manuscript to five publishers, all of whom rejected it. Having kept the manuscript in a hat box for two years, she later found it, reread it, and decided to try one more time to publish it. The work was accepted by L. C. Page, of Boston, Massachusetts, and it was published in 1908. An instant bestseller, Anne of Green Gables marked the beginning of Montgomery’s successful career as a novelist. In all, she has published 20 novels (9 of which starred Anne Shirley), more than 500 short stories, a poetry book and an autobiography.