Has there ever been a better friend to children than Anne Shirley of Green Gables? When Anne longed to find kindred spirits, her yearning for companionship spoke to everyone who had ever felt lonely. Her hopes for a forever family were a balm for all those who ever worried they would not find somewhere to belong.
Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables is an iconic piece of Canadian literary history and a beacon for children around the world. The novel, originally published in 1908, was an instant success and has sold more than 50 million copies. Montgomery, working from her home in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, drew upon her own rural childhood to write Anne of Green Gables and its sequels.
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Canada’s women writers and Canadian girls on our journals than to feature a handwritten page from L.M. Montgomery’s draft of one of the most beloved children’s novels ever written.