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Mary Henley Rubio '61 Authors Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings

October 12, 2008

LucyMM Rubio.jpgOctober 12, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. — Mary Henley Rubio, a 1961 graduate of DePauw University, is the author of author of Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings.  It is published by Doubleday, which notes, "Mary Henley Rubio has spent over two decades researching Montgomery's life, and has put together a comprehensive and penetrating picture of this Canadian literary icon, all set in rich social context. Extensive interviews with people who knew Montgomery -- her son, maids, friends, relatives, all now deceased -- are only part of the material gathered in a journey to understand Montgomery that took Rubio to Poland and the highlands of Scotland."

Known to readers as L.M. Montgomery, the subject of the book (1874–1942) is best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, which was rubio_mary_henley.jpgpublished in 1908.

The Ottawa Citizen calls Rubio's new book, "Absolutely gripping ... nothing short of brilliant, an un-put-downable read, and a wonderful examination of this troubled woman's tragic life."

The Montreal Gazette adds that The Gift of Wings is "a poignant story about a real family.... The result of Rubio's research is pure Canadian Gothic: a story of sexual repression, class conflict and family secrets."

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Mary Henley Rubio is University Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph. She has spent over two decades researching Montgomery's life, and co-edited The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery (five volumes, 1985-2004), co-authored Writing a Life: L.M. Montgomery, and edited Harvesting Thistles: The Textual Garden of L.M. Montgomery.