The First Canadian Editions of the Anne series were published in 1942, the year Lucy Maud Montgomery died in Toronto, just as they were coming off the presses of The Ryerson Press.
Mark Twain described Anne of Green Gables as “The sweetest creation of child life yet written”. That was in 1908. By the time the First Canadian Edition was published, Anne of Green Gables had sold over 760 000 copies. It has gone on to sell millions and has been made available in over 38 countries around the globe. The Anne series has been the subject of television adaptations, radio plays, stage plays as well as film and television movies.
She wrote of her Grandparent’s farm in Cavendish, P.E.I. that it was “twelve miles from a railway station, 24 miles from the nearest town, and half a mile from the sea.” It is here that she is buried, not far from where her stories take place.
The Chronicles of Avonlea, 1943, The Ryerson Press, “consists of stories of Avonlea and the surrounding district – Grafton, Spencerville, Carmody, White Sands, and the beautiful countryside, with which readers of the Anne books are already familiar. This is as delightful as the other books, being packed with heart-warming incidents and amusing situations which arise out of the characters of the different people. The author’s sound psychology and understanding of human nature enable her to portray them convincingly. Over 101 000 copies have been sold to date.” The house where Lucy Maud Montgomery lived with her Grandmother in Cavendish P.E.I. is now a National Park and is visited by tourists from around the world.
Lucy Maud Montgomery, born in 1874, lived and taught school in Cavendish, P.E.I. She met and married Reverend Ewan MacDonald in 1911 and the couple moved to Leaskdale, Ontario and later Norval and then to Toronto, in 1935. She died in April, 1942. She is buried in Cavendish, P.E.I.