Lucy Montgomery and Swansea
Simply a great woman and even greater writer - who wrote novels, journals, letters, short stories and poems and because of that achieved international fame in literature. She is not one of the best Canadian writers, but probably one of the Canada's most beloved authors. Lucy Maud Montgomery
was born on November 30, 1874 in Clifton (Prince Edward Island) and died April 24, 1942 in Toronto, Ontario.
You might ask why is she on the Swansea.ca web page! Well, we are very proud that she spent part of her life in Swansea, more precisely at 210 Riverside Drive where she wrote the last of her 22 novels. Both Anne of Windy Poplars and Anne of Ingleside were written while living in Swansea.
Lucy was also a board member of Swansea Memorial Library
More About Lucy Montgomery
At fifteen, Lucy moved to Prince Albert in Saskatchewan with her father and stepmother. Soon her articles started to get published and soon she became relatively famous. Shorthly Lucy returned to Prince Edward Island where she attended Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown. She obtained a teacher's license and taught in Bideford, Prince Edward Island from 1894 to 1895. The next year she studied at Dalhousie College in Halifax and then returned to the Island to teach at Belmont, Lot 16 from 1896 to 1897 and at Lower Bedeque from 1897 to 1898.In 1911, Lucy Montgomery married Ewan MacDonald, a Presbyterian minister, and moved to Leaskdale, Ontario where she gave birth to three of their children: Chester Cameron, Hugh Alexander and Ewan Stuart. In 1926, she moved to Norval and, in 1935, she moved to Toronto, Ontario.
Moving Back To Prince Edward Island
Lucy Maud Montgomery died on April 24, 1942, at the age of sixty-seven in the Village of Swansea (Toronto). Following her wish, she was buried back in Prince Eward Island, in the Cavendish Cemetery.
Nowdays, Montgomery's Novels are read and studied by general readers and scholars from around the world. A musical based on Montgomery's first best-seller, Anne of Green Gables
, has drawn thousands and thousands of visitors for over thirty years. Movies and TV series based on her novels have had international success.