(Lucy) Maud Montgomery was born on November
30, 1874 in Clifton, Prince Edward Island.
with uncanny witchery in its changed trees. With murky red sunsets flaming in smoky crimson behind the westering hills. With
dear days when the austere woods were beautiful and gracious in a dignified serenity of folded hands and closed eyes —
days full of fine, pale sunshine that sifted through the late, leafless gold of the juniper-trees and glimmered among the
grey beeches, lighting up evergreen banks of moss and washing the colonnades of the pines. Days with a high-sprung sky of
flawless turquoise. Days when an exquisite melancholy seemed to hang over the landscape and dream about the lake. But days,
too, of the wild blackness of great autumn storms, followed by dank, wet, streaming nights when there was witch-laughter in
the pines and fitful moans among the mainland trees.
We have some Google "street views" of Montgomery places on the Maps page.
Check the News page for information on Montgomery's last book, The Blythes Are Quoted, a new edition of Rilla of Ingleside with the complete first edition text (later paperback editions have been edited), the release of Montgomery's
Una of the Garden, and an Anne of Green Gables-related film from Japan!
Lloyd's presentation on "Making Maud Feel at Home: Collecting L.M. Montgomery at the University of Prince Edward Island" on
our Shining Scrolls Online page.
You will find quotes for
the day from the Anne of Green Gables Treasury of Days and a quick journey through Anne of Green Gables
(last sentences from each chapter) on the Read Anne page. See Events link on this site for updates on the Literary Society activities and information
about a book club in St. Paul, MN. for adults who love children's literature.
Issues of The Shining Scrolls are ready to read! They feature: overviews of the excellent Montgomery conferences ; new book releases; Grace Lin; LMM's time in Halifax; her shortstories; her death; Montgomery's scrapbooks; Montgomery's
first love, Herman Leard; the centennial of Anneof Avonlea; Montgomery's teacher, Hattie Gordon Smith and
other book dedications; biographer Mollie Gillen; LM Montgomery and the soldiers of World War I; the mystery of Montgomery's Japanese kimono, and needlework in the Anne books, Captain Jim's Lighthouse, Leaskdale's
centenntial, and so much more!
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The L. M. Montgomery Literary Society is a group of readers with a special interest in the life of Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874 – 1942),
her first novel, Anne of Green Gables, as well as her 19 other novels, 500 short stories, poetry, letters
and five volumes of journals (for a listing of her work, see the Books and Links pages).The Literary Society was organized in 1991 by Carolyn
Strom Collinsand Christina Wyss Eriksson after the publication of their first
collaboration, The Anne of Green Gables Treasury.
The first meeting was held on Montgomery’s birthdate, November 30, at the Children’s Literature Research
Collections at the University of Minnesota. About thirty people shared their interest in Montgomery’s work and examined
the collection of Montgomery books in the Kerlan Collection.
Please read our newsletters and look at ourItems of Interest page for information about LMM related news -- keep checking our
web site, we are adding new content frequently. Please contact us to be added to our email list for alerts about Montgomery information.
and The Shining Scroll
and Christina Eriksson asked Mary Beth Cavert to edit a newsletter for the L.M. Montgomery Literary Society in February 1992
and they chose to name it The Shining Scroll, after a line in the poem The Fringed Gentian that
inspired Montgomery to persevere in her dream of becoming a successful writer. The Shining Scroll provides special
articles and original research by the Society’s members, summarizes the society’s activities, announces newly
published books and events related to Montgomery, and news from PEI. Reference copies (and digital copies) of The Shining
Scroll are located in the Montgomery Collections at the University of Prince Edward Island Robertson Library and the
Montgomery Archival Collections at Guelph University in Ontario. Archives of The Shining Scroll will be available
online in the future at Montgomery research sites. A list of all articles from the newsletters is on The Shining Scroll Index Page.
Carol Gaboury, a member of our literary society until
her death in 1998, identified (in the Winter 1989 issue of Kindred Spirits Newsletter of Vermont) this information
about the poem, The Fringed Gentian:
It was published in Godey's Lady's Book inMarch 1884 as part of a continued story called Tam, the Story of a Woman by Ella Rodman Church and Augusta De Bubna. Montgomery used the words "Alpine Path" from this
poem as the title to her autobiography, published in Everywoman's World (1917).
Read more about The Alpine Path on our biography page. See the orginal clipping that she
placed in her scrapbook HERE.