Famous writer committed suicide

David and I spent four hours yesterday watching “Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel.”  As usual, it was a tear jerker.  Although it is now considered children’s literature, I truly believe the story appeals to adults as well.  We look forward to the third DVD, which will probably deal with Anne’s marriage to her childhood chum.

I have been daydreaming about this story all week.  When I googled the author of this novel, however, I read disturbing news that Lucy Maud Montgomery had committed suicide with a drug overdose in 1942 at the age of 67.  Despite great success as an author, she suffered from depression, feeling isolated, sad, and filled with worry and dread for much of her life.  How sad that such a gifted writer, who published her first novel in 1908, could not find happiness, even after her marriage to her minister husband and the birth of her children.  She left a note, asking for forgiveness.

9 Responses to “Famous writer committed suicide”

  1. kavita Says:

    OH!!! i was not aware of this….how sad.Its very hard to understand how a person with a gifted writing skill could end her life just like that.

  2. tokyo5 Says:

    >four hours yesterday watching “Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel.”

    Such a long movie!

    I don’t know why…but it seems hundreds of authors have committed suicide over the years. Most famous was Ernest Hemingway. And his younger brother, who was also an author, also killed himself. (Many members of the Hemingway family committed suicide).

  3. musings Says:

    This is really a surprise. When we visited PEI and saw the Anne of Green Gables and Montgomery’s places, nobody mentioned the fact that she might have committed suicide. I think everybody just went by the news that she had congestive heart failure. It’s so sad.

  4. gigihawaii Says:

    In 2008, her family decided to reveal the truth about her suicide. I guess people today are more willing to discuss mental illness in their family.

    Tokyo5 is right. Many writers have ended their lives. What is it about their profession that moves them to do this?

  5. LizKauai Says:

    Sometimes we live within ourselves too much.

    Seeing ourselves as willing servants to others and physically getting out of our “chambers” to put the needs of others ahead of ourselves can be a life-saving activity.

    Sometimes just getting out of the house to cheer for a football team with friends is an effective antidote for depression 🙂

  6. Dobbs Ferry Dude Says:

    1. My great grandfather killed himself–in the 19th century over a forbidden romance–and the story for years was that he had a heart attack. 2. We visited Prince Edward Island and it’s a wonderful vacation destination–if you can get there; it’s way past Nova Scotia. A warm ocean current makes for a nice climate and lobsters are the food of choice. Japanese tourists seem to love the Anne of Green Gables house and story.

  7. M Rubio Says:

    Follow this link for more information re LMM’s death which may or may not have been a suicide:

    http://v1.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080924.wmontgomery24/BNStory/mentalhealth/

  8. gigihawaii Says:

    Thanks for the link, M. Rubio. Readers, please click on the above link. Rubio is a professor emeritus of English in Canada, who published a biography of Lucy Montgomery last year. According to the book, it is questionable that Montgomery’s last note was a suicide note. In the sidebar next to the article is a copy of LMM’s note as well as an article by her granddaughter regarding the suicide.

  9. Vanessa Brown Says:

    Thanks Mary for posting that! This blog came up on my google alerts. Please, don’t hesitate to read the rest of Montgomery’s work. My favourite is The Blue Castle, and I’ve read it more than 10 times! Give it a go. For all of the sadness in her life, Montgomery had a lot of happiness too. One of her favourite times was a summer in Bala, Muskoka — which she captures in the Blue Castle. It’s so good that it is now acceptable to discuss mental illness with our families, our doctors, and our friends.

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