Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author best known for writing the classic Anne of Green Gables series. First introduced in 1908, the character of the redheaded orphan Anne Shirley was an immediate and enduring success. The books have sold in excess of 50 million copies in more than 30 languages. The books’ setting of Prince Edward Island continues to be a landmark for literary pilgrimage. Montgomery published 20 novels and hundreds of short stories and poems in her lifetime.