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Revelations from L.M. Montgomery's Granddaughter

September 27th, 2008 (09:09 am)
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From Saturday's Globe and Mail: The heartbreaking truth about Anne's creator - Kate Macdonald Butler reveals a long-held secret about her grandmother, one of Canada's most beloved authors, Lucy Maud Montgomery

The piece begins with this:

For many years, my family has kept a troubling secret. What has made things even more difficult is the fact that the person it involves was not only my grandmother, but one of Canada's most beloved authors, Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Her most famous novel, Anne of Green Gables, is still a bestseller after 100 years. In addition to Anne, my grandmother wrote 19 other novels, personal journals and hundreds of short stories and poems. As well, she has been the subject of several biographical studies.

Despite her great success, it is known that she suffered from depression, that she was isolated, sad and filled with worry and dread for much of her life. But our family has never spoken publicly about the extent of her illness.

What has never been revealed is that L.M. Montgomery took her own life at the age of 67 through a drug overdose.

Katie goes on to detail the circumstances which led to her grandmother's tragic decision, and honors her memory with a great deal of compassion and respect. Read the entire article online.

I found this article via The Swivet, who, in turn, learned of the news from Gwenda. My initial reaction:

Oh, wow.
Oh, my.
Oh, Mrs. Montgomery.

I have always loved L.M. Montgomery's writing, especially the Anne of Green Gables series. I often mention the Anne books or discuss the main character here at my blog. View all Bildungsroman posts tagged with "Anne."

Rest in peace, Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Comments

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 27th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)

Indeed.

Love the icon.

Posted by: clairemysko (clairemysko)
Posted at: September 27th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
sad news

Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite books, too. My hope is that this announcement brings greater awareness about depression and suicide. It's a tough topic, but one that definitely needs to be discussed--especially among young people.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 27th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
Re: sad news

I agree - awareness, acknowledgement, and activism.

Posted by: My characters kick your ass dot com (elfstar18)
Posted at: September 27th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
johnnyandsuebymutie

Oh my. How sad. I love Anne deeply, and Mrs. Montgomery for giving me Anne. I hope that actions like this one of her family's will help to ensure that no one ever has to feel shame for needing help with their mental health. I am not one to believe too strongly in an afterlife, but I do hope that she went on to her nicest ever fantasy come to life. I wish there were some way to give her what she's given me.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 27th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)

Thank you for those powerful thoughts. I agree.

Posted by: kbaccellia (kbaccellia)
Posted at: September 27th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)

Wow, that is a shocker. I also loved her books as a child.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 27th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)

In Anne, I found a fictional friend, someone who was as imaginative as I was, who believed in her dreams and made them happen, who valued school, knowledge, writing, stories, family, and friendship. I thank L.M. Montgomery for sharing her stories with the world.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: September 27th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)

Heartbreaking, yes.

courtney

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 27th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)

All day long, I keep thinking, "Poor Lucy Maud," then thanking her for her books.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 27th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)

Sending you positive thoughts, Melissa. Stay strong.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 27th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)

((vibes))

Posted by: lizjonesbooks (lizjonesbooks)
Posted at: September 28th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
So sad.

So many people suffer in silence.
:o(

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 28th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)

Too many.

Posted by: the three of clubs (heatherbird)
Posted at: September 28th, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
reading -- books

I loved Anne, too... around seventh grade, when I was being bullied at school and had few friends who understood my book-loving ways, Anne was my best friend and I wanted to live in her world so badly. As someone who has depression, I really appreciate her family's honesty.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 28th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)

Anne wanted bosom friends, and she found them in her legion of fans.

Honesty is one of the things I value most in life.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 28th, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)

Agreed.

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