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Extraordinary Canadians: Lucy Maud Montgomery

by Jane Urquhart

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While her beloved fictional characters inhabited a world where love and community could overcome most tribulations, Lucy Maud Montgomery’s own life was marked by inescapable grief and loneliness. Raised virtually as an orphan by grandparents unable to give her much affection, Montgomery was nevertheless an optimistic and enthusiastic young woman, able to delight in her literary success and in the company of her wider family and friends. But after marrying a clergyman beset by a debilitating mental illness, she struggled to maintain appearances. Even as she sustained her prolific output of fiction and won adoring fans worldwide, depression slowly engulfed her. Jane Urquhart explores the fascinating contradictions embodied by this enduring artist in whose fiction the imagination lights a way through the darkness, but in whose life the creeping shadows would ultimately shut out everything but the work.

About the Author

Jane Urquhart

JANE URQUHART was born in the far north of Ontario. She is the author of eight internationally acclaimed novels, among them The Underpainter, winner of the Governor General’s Award and a finalist for the Orange Prize; Away, winner of the Trillium Book Award; and The Stone Carvers, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award and the Man Booker Prize. Her work, which is published in many countries, has been translated into numerous languages. Urquhart has received the Marian Engel Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. She is a chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. Her most recent novel, The Night Stages, was published in 2015. Urquhart lives in southeastern Ontario with her husband, artist Tony Urquhart.

SCOTT MCKOWEN is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer. He works in scratchboard, an engraving medium in which white lines are carved into a black surface with a sharp blade. McKowen has illustrated a number of titles for a wide range of publishers. Based in Stratford, Ontario, he operates the design studio Punch & Judy Inc., which creates theatre posters and graphics for leading performance art companies across North America.

 

 

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Jane Urquhart is the author of several award-winning books, including A Map of Glass and The Stone Carvers.

Editorial Review

“A gem.” - London Free Press

“With its brevity, [Urquhart’s] book is a rich tour de force of Montgomery’s life.” - The Globe and Mail

“A beautifully crafted, if shockingly sad study of Lucy Maud Montgomery…. Urquhart … distils her famous subject to its essence…. Fascinating.” - Ottawa Citizen

“A poignant biography.” - Calgary Herald

“[The] choice of novelist Jane Urquhart … to pen a brief biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery was inspired…. The fit is perfect, and Urquhart’s wonderfully perceptive portrait of the richly talented Montgomery is without flaw…. A beautiful poetic biography, one which catches the essence of a remarkable personality.” - London Free Press

“A richly multi-layered portrait…. [An] excellent biography.” - Quill & Quire

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