Lucy Maud Montgomery, better known as L.M. Montgomery, is being honored today with a video Google Doodle.
The author, born on November 30th, 1874, is best known for her novel Anne of Green Gables and the subsequent series. Monday’s Google Doodle is celebrating what would be her 141st birthday.
The beloved Canadian author first published Anne of Green Gables in 1908, after a few years of trying. The book became an instant hit. The novel tells the tale of 11-year-old Anne Shirley, an orphan who is mistakenly sent to a family farm on Prince Edward Island. Her Green Gables series spanned eight books – the final one being published in 1921. A “lost” book, the ninth in the series, was found long after her death and published in 2009.
Montgomery also published other novels, and was a prolific short story writer. Her various short story collections contains hundreds of works.
Check out Google’s Doodle:
Montgomery died in 1942, reportedly from coronary thrombosis. A note found by her bedside has caused speculation as to a possible suicide.
“I have lost my mind by spells and I do not dare think what I may do in those spells. May God forgive me and I hope everyone else will forgive me even if they cannot understand. My position is too awful to endure and nobody realizes it. What an end to a life in which I tried always to do my best,” it read in part.