Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Anne of Green Gables is a bestselling novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery published in 1908. It was written as fiction for readers of all ages, but in recent decades has been considered a children's book. Montgomery found her inspiration for the book on an old piece of paper that she had written at a young age, describing a couple that were mistakenly sent an orphan girl instead of a boy, yet decided to keep her. Montgomery also drew upon her own childhood experiences in rural Prince Edward Island. Montgomery used a photograph of Evelyn Nesbit, clipped from an American magazine and pasted on the wall above her writing desk, as the model for Anne Shirley, the book's main character.

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The 731st greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 59th on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (
  2. - From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books (Jeff O'Neal at
  3. - The Great American Read (PBS)

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