Monday’s Google Doodle celebrates beloved Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, the force behind the Anne of Green Gables series, on what would’ve been her 141st birthday.
Montgomery was born on Nov. 30, 1874, on Prince Edward Island, a tiny province on the east coast of Canada.
In 1905, Montgomery dreamed up a girl named Anne who lived on her home island. After a few years of shopping the book around to publishers, the redheaded protagonist’s story became a national, then international, sensation in 1908.
Fame quickly followed for Montgomery. She became Canada’s literary sweetheart, breaking records as the first Canadian woman to be named a member of the British Royal Society of Arts. She was also appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
Montgomery passed away in 1942 in Toronto, but Anne of Green Gables, translated into about 20 languages, remains a staple of children’s and young-adult fiction.
Olivia Huynh’s doodle celebrates Montgomery by depicting some of Anne’s most famous scenes from the novel.
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