My Dear Mr. M.: Letters from L.M. Montgomery

L.M. Montgomery Age 43

Lucy Maud (L.M.) Montgomery, author of the ever-popular Anne of Green Gables, was a keen letter-writer. Her letters to George Boyd MacMillan over their thirty-nine year friendship show the full range of her interests, from domestic concerns, her cats, and gardening, to her professional literary career as best-selling author.

When L.M. Montgomery receives  the first letter from G.B. MacMillan (in 1903), she is coping with her domestic responsibilities and is struggling to establish herself as a poet and short-story writer with major American and Canadian magazines.

In My Dear Mr. M.: Letters to G.B. MacMillan, a collection of their correspondence, Montgomery shares with MacMillan the joys and burdens of her life. She is proud of her two sons and is excited by new inventions such as motor cars and the talkies.

At the same time, she is saddened by the encroachment of “progress on her idyllic, rural Prince Edward Island. She agonizes over the campaigns of the two World Wars and never completely recovers from the death of her closest friend.

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L.M. Montgomery in her 30s

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During her friendship with MacMillan, L.M. Montgomery changes from a confident and cheerful young woman to a disillusioned but courageous older woman. After her retirement to “Journey’s End” in Toronto, distraught by family problems and depressed by World War II, her health and spirits fail.

These letters will delight all readers of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s books. They reveal the character of one of our best-known authors; charming, witty, sometimes gloomy and morbid, she was above all stimulating.

— from the 1980 edition of My Dear Mr. M., edited by Francis W.P. Bolger and Elizabeth R. Epperly, McGraw-Hill Ryerson

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My Dear Mr. M by L.M. Montgomery

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