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Valancy lives a drab life with her overbearing mother and prying aunt. Then a shocking diagnosis from Dr. Trent prompts her to make a fresh start. For the first time, she does and says exactly what she feels. As she expands her limited horizons, Valancy undergoes a transformation, discovering a new world of love and happiness. One of Lucy Maud Montgomery`s only novels intended for an adult audience, The Blue Castle is filled with humor and romance.

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The name of the Canadian writer Lucy Maud Montgomery ( Lucy Maud Montgomery , 1874-1942) is almost unknown to the Russian reader, and meanwhile, her works have enjoyed great success for many years, as in all English-speaking and in many other countries - they are published almost annually in millions of copies in the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, appear in translations into other languages, theater performances and films have been created on their basis, and the town of Cavendish on Prince Edward Island, where she was born , lived, worked and was buried the writer and where the action of her books takes place, has become one of the attractions of Canada and a place of pilgrimage for numerous tourists. Since 1993, the LM Montgomery Research Institute has been operating at the University of Prince Edward Island, which studies her work. The future writer was born on November 30, 1874 in the town of Clifton (now New London). She was not yet two years old when her mother died of tuberculosis. The father left the girl in the care of her grandparents - her mother`s parents who lived in Cavendish - and he himself moved to the province of Saskatchewan, where he married a second time. From the age of six she attended an ordinary rural school, and from the age of nine she began to keep a diary and tried to write poetry and stories. Her poem was first published in the Patriot newspaper in 1891, when she lived for one year in Saskatchewan with her father and stepmother. In 1894, Montgomery, after graduating from Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown, received a teaching license. In the following years, she taught in various schools in her native province, and for one year attended the University of Halifax. All these years she wrote a lot: poems, stories, TV series, which she published in Canadian, American and British magazines. After her grandfather`s death in 1898, she returned to Cavendish to take care of her grandmother. There she spent the next 14 years (with a short break of 10 months in 1901-02, when she worked in Halifax as a reporter and proofreader for one of the newspapers), and after the death of her grandmother in 1911, she married the Presbyterian priest Evan MacDonald, to whom she had been secretly engaged five years earlier. Evan was not her first love; before that in her life there was an unsuccessful engagement with a distant relative Edwin Simpson and a short but ardent romantic infatuation with her friend Herman Lerd. Soon after the wedding, the young couple moved to Liskdale (Ontario), where Evan was a priest. They lived there until 1926.

Their three sons Chester (1912), Hugh (stillborn, 1914) and Stewart (1915) were born there. Lucy Maud helped her husband in his pastoral activities, did the housework (she cooked very well, loved handicrafts, was fond of gardening, took pictures), carried on extensive correspondence with friends and wrote a lot. She returned to Prince Edward Island only briefly, during the summer months. In 1926, the family moved to Norval, Ontario, and in 1935, after Evans retired, moved to Toronto. Anne of the Green Gables, based on the writer`s childhood experiences, was written in 1905, but several Canadian publishers to whom Montgomery offered her manuscript rejected it. Only in 1908 the book was published in the USA. The book`s success was immediate and unheard of. Mark Twain called Montgomery`s red-haired heroine "the most touching and adorable child of fiction since the time of immortal Alice." After the publication of the first book, the writer received thousands of letters asking to continue Anya`s story. And then the following works appeared, telling about the fate of Anya, a teenager, a girl and, finally, an adult woman (Anya from Avonlea, Anya from Prince Edward Island, Anya from Noisy Poplar, Anya`s Dream House, Anya from Ingleside "), and other stories related to them about Avonlea and its inhabitants (" Avonleyskie Chronicle "and others), which met no less enthusiastic reception from the readership. Soon, stories about other girls appeared: Jane from the Lighthouse, Kilmeny from the Orchard, Emily from the Young Month (according to researchers of her work, the most autobiographical of Montgomery`s books), Pat from the Silvergroves, etc.

In total, Montgomery published 20 novels during her lifetime ( 19 of them take place on Prince Edward Island), about 500 short stories and about 500 poems (in newspapers and magazines), 2 collections of stories, one volume of poetry, 3 short biographical sketches in the series "Brave Women", as well as many articles on different topics. She also left invaluable material to researchers of her work and the history of Canada in the form of her diaries, in which, in addition to her own notes, one can find personal memorabilia, newspaper clippings, and photographs. In 1923, Montgomery was the first Canadian woman to receive membership in the Royal Society of the Humanities in Great Britain, and in 1935 she was elected to the French Institute of Arts and received the Order of the British Empire. In 1936, the Canadian government acquired a significant piece of land in the Cavendish, which had already become a popular destination for all Montgomery book fans, and set it aside for a national park. In 1943, Montgomery was declared in Canada "a person of national historic importance." Lucy Maud Montgomery died on April 24, 1942 and was buried in the Cavendish cemetery, on a hill overlooking the land and sea, which she loved very much. Her husband did not survive her for long - he died in November 1943.

The work and biography of L.M.

Montgomery became the subject of many books, articles, studies. If initially the criteria of children`s literature were applied to her works, then in the last twenty years, in connection with the development of the feminist direction in literary criticism, researchers are interested in the deep approach to the formation of a woman`s personality inherent in her work and analyze it, applying the standards of "literature for adults", and not "Children`s classics". The story of the entry of a girl or girl into the world, where the role of a woman is largely determined by patriarchal traditions, acquires a deeper meaning, becoming a story about the struggle of a woman of a creative mind for spiritual survival. Although these books are addressed primarily to young readers, adults will also read them with interest and pleasure, for these are original, talented and humorous works written, breathing life`s truth and kindness and leaving a bright feeling in the reader`s soul. Public library:

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