House of dreams : the life of L. M. Montgomery / Liz Rosenberg ; illustrated by Julie Morstad.

Rosenberg, Liz, author.
House of dreams : the life of L. M. Montgomery / Liz Rosenberg ; illustrated by Julie Morstad.
339 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Once upon a time, there was a girl named Maud who adored stories. When she was fourteen years old, Maud wrote in her journal, "I love books. I hope when I grow up to be able to have lots of them." Not only did Maud grow up to own lots of books, she wrote twenty-four of them herself as L. M. Montgomery, the world-renowned author of Anne of Green Gables. For many years, not a great deal was known about Maud's personal life. Her childhood was spent with strict, undemonstrative grandparents, and her reflections on writing, her lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression, her "year of mad passion," and her difficult married life remained locked away, buried deep within her unpublished personal journals. Through this revealing and deeply moving biography, kindred spirits of all ages who, like Maud, never gave up "the substance of things hoped for" will be captivated anew by the words of this remarkable woman.
A bend in the road -- An early sorrow -- "Very near to a kingdom of ideal beauty" -- The jolly years -- Room for dreaming -- Count nine stars -- "Darling Father" and Prince Albert -- The pill inside the jam -- The happiest year -- Schoolmarm in Bideford -- Halifax! -- Belmont and the Simpsony Simpsons -- The year of mad passion -- Back in the house of dreams -- The creation of Anne -- "Yes, I understand the young lady is a writer" -- "Those whom the gods wish to destroy" -- A changed world -- A woman "they cannot bluff, bully, or cajole" -- Dashing over the traces -- Journey's end.
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