Everyone probably knows L.M. Montgomery by her Anne of Green Gables, the talkative orphaned redhead (No, not Annie ala "the sun will come out tomorrow") who captured the hearts of Avonlea. While many literature academics poo-poo the Anne of Green Gables collection as merely for little girls, I find that the novels grow more poignant the older I become. While the stories are primarily a bildungsroman (a tale of growth) for Anne, Montgomery also reveals a view into Canadian life before and during WWII.
Below are the books that she wrote about Anne (in order of the stories' timeline) and their publishing dates.
1. Anne of Green Gables - 1908
2. Anne of Avonlea - 1909
3. Anne of the Island - 1915
4. Anne of Windy Poplars - 1936
5. Anne's House of Dreams - 1917
6. Anne of Ingleside - 1939
7. Rainbow Valley - 1919
8. Rilla of Ingleside - 1921
Beyond Anne, Montgomery's other works are less well-known but are just as good. Please direct your attention to The Blue Castle. Valancy's life is restricted and dictated by her overbearing mother and relatives until she discovers that she only has a few months to live due to a heart problem. Though the premise might sound cliche, its placement into a society in which marriage and having children (within marriage) truly dictates a woman's life makes Valancy's desire to live before she dies much more appealing.
Here are the rest of the books that Montgomery wrote, in the order of their publishing:
1910 - Kilmeny of the Orchard
1911 - The Story Girl
1913 - The Golden Road (sequel to The Story Girl)
1923 - Emily of New Moon
1925 - Emily Climbs (sequel to Emily of New Moon)
1926 - The Blue Castle
1927 - Emily's Quest (sequel to Emily Climbs)
1929 - Magic for Marigold
1931 - A Tangled Web
1932 - Pat of Silver Bush
1935 - Mistress Pat (sequel to Pat of Silver Bush)
1937 - Jane of Lantern Hill
And finally, adding to her already-substantial collection of literary work, Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote a series of short stories, poems, and an autobiography. Her autobiography is titled The Alpine Path: The Story of My Career, inspired by the verse "To the Fringed Gentian":
Then whisper, blossom, in thy sleep
How I may upward climb
The Alpine path, so hard, so steep,
That leads to heights sublime;
How I may reach that far-off goal
Of true and honoured fame,
And write upon its shining scroll
A woman's humble name.