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L. M. Montgomery: Popular Questions

Q: How many books did L.M.M. write?

A: L.M. Montgomery wrote twenty novels in her lifetime, as well as hundreds of short stories and poems. A complete list of Montgomery's published works is available here.

Q: When was Anne of Green Gables first published?

A: Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908.

 Q: Did Montgomery win any awards?

A: Yes, she did. In 1923, Montgomery became the first Canadian woman to be made a member of the British Royal Society of Arts. In 1935, Montgomery was made a Companion of the Order of the British Empire by King George V and was elected to the Literary and Artistic Institute of France.

Q: What other acknowledgements has she received?

A: After Montgomery’s death in 1942, the National Sites and Historic Board of Canada declared Montgomery a person of national historic significance. In 1999, Montgomery was voted one of the top 20 Canadian heroes in a Dominion Institute and the Council for Canadian Unity internet survey. In the same year, CBC held a millennium poll and Montgomery was voted the most influential Canadian writer of the twentieth century. In 2000, L.M. Montgomery was chosen by Maclean's magazine as one of twenty-five Canadians who inspired the world.

 Q: Are Montgomery's works in the public domain?

A: The answer to this question is complex and related to the copyright terms in the country in which a specific work was published. Questions relating to the republication of Montgomery's works should be directed to the Heirs of L.M. Montgomery as should questions relating to the use of Montgomery's name and image.

Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc.
29 Commercial Road, Suite 205
Toronto, Ontario M4G lZ3

Q: How much are old editions of Montgomery's works or letters written by her worth? What about her autograph?

A: The value of Montgomery books and ephemera depends on either the item's cultural significance and/or its condition and age. For example, if a book has Montgomery's signature or inscription, then it has cultural significance. If the book is culturally significant, then the condition or age of the book is irrelevant, though it can definitely add to its value. If there is no cultural significance then value is determined solely on the condition and age of the book.

Staff of the L.M. Montgomery Institute cannot authenticate Montgomery's handwriting or signature and cannot appraise books or ephemera, though we are happy to offer an opinion. We recommend that you have items professionally appraised by a reputable book dealer (member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Canada and/or the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers). If you are unsure about reputable dealers in your area, please contact the Institute and we may be able to recommend someone to you. As an independent institute within UPEI, the LMMI welcomes gifts and donations. Tax receipts are issued by UPEI's Advancement Services. If you would like to make a donation, please contact the University Archivist, Simon Llloyd at