Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942), who wrote under the name L.M. Montgomery, was a Canadian author who found international fame from the publication of her first novel, Anne of Green Gables. When Lucy was very young, her mother died of tuberculosis, and, as a result, Lucy was sent to live with her grandparents in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Wracked by loneliness, she filled the void in her life by writing of imaginary characters and worlds to keep her company. Anne of Green Gables, is thought of to have mirrored her experiences as a child, bringing to life the circumstances that shaped so much of who she became. Once published, Anne of Green Gables became her most acclaimed novel and was an immediate success.