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Alternate Signatures

Although Montgomery published all her novels and the vast majority of her periodical work under her preferred name, “L.M. Montgomery,” there were times, particularly during her early years as a frequent contributor of short stories, poems, and miscellaneous pieces to periodicals, that she opted for her full legal name, “Lucy Maud Montgomery,” a range of initialisms, or pseudonyms. What follows is a list of these alternate signatures in alphabetical order. For more on Montgomery’s use of these names, see the afterword to A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917 (2018), the first volume in The L.M. Montgomery Library.

Belinda Bluegrass (1)

“Which Has the Most Patience under the Ordinary Cares and Trials of Life—Man or Woman?” (1896 poem)

Joyce Cavendish (18)

To Phyllis (1906 poem)
The Silent House (1905 poem)
I Wonder If She Knows (1905 poem)
The Water Nymph (1905 poem)
The Name Tree (1905 poem)
Air Castles (1904 poem)
When the Frogs Are Singing (1904 poem)
On the Bridge (1904 poem)
Jealousy (1904 poem)
The Choice (1904 poem)
The Charm (1903 poem)
The Gray Silk Gown (1903 poem)
Farewell and Welcome (1903 poem)
Shall I Remember? (1902 poem)
The Star thro’ the Pines (1902 poem)
A Smile (1901 poem)
Come Where Violets Blow (1901 poem)
Your Influence (1901 poem)

Maud Cavendish (3)

Our Charivari (1897 story)
A Baking of Gingersnaps (1895 story)
When the Apple-Blossoms Blow (1895 poem)

M.L. Cavendish (3)

The Apple-Picking Time (1896 poem)
Fisher Lassies (1896 poem)
In Spite of Myself (1896 story)

Maud Cavindish (2)

Buttercups (1899 poem)
A Strayed Allegiance (1897 story)

Cynthia (36)

Many Admiring Glances Bestowed upon Graduates (1902 essay)
Around the Table (1901–1902 newspaper column; 35 instalments)

Maud Eglinton (1)

On the Gulf Shore (1895 poem)

Enid (1)

“Which Has the Most Patience under the Ordinary Cares and Trials of Life—Man or Woman?” (1896 sketch)

L. (1)

James Henry, Truant (1896 essay)

L.M. (1)

The Land of Some Day (1896 poem)

L.M.M. (5)

Good-By (1898 poem)
Forever (1898 poem)
I’ve Something to Tell You, Sweet (1898 poem)
The Bad Boy of Blanktown School (1896 essay)
Crooked Answers (1896 essay)

Mrs. L.M. Macdonald (L.M. Montgomery) (1)

Life Has Been Interesting (1931 memoir)

L.M. Montgomery MacDonald [sic] (1)

The Day before Yesterday (1927 memoir)

M.M. (1)

A Half-Hour in an Old Cemetery (1901 essay)
When She Was Here (1899 poem)

Ella Montgomery (1)

Last Night in Dreams (1906 poem)

Lucy M. Montgomery (1)

“I Dwell among My Own People” (1925 reprint of ca. 1921 essay)
A Girl’s Place at Dalhousie College (1896 essay)

Lucy Maud Montgomery (11)

Four Questions Answered (1910 essay)
Blueberry Hill (1899 poem)
The Violet’s Spell (1894 poem)
Portia (1894 essay)
The Last Prayer (1894 poem)
The Wreck of the “Marcopolo,” 1883 (1892 poem)
Farewell (1891 poem)
A Western Eden (1891 essay)
June! (1891 poem)
The Wreck of the “Marco Polo” (1891 essay)
On Cape Le Force (1890 poem)

Lucy Ward Montgomery (1)

A Western Eden (1891 reprint of 1891 essay)

L.W. Montgomery (1)

The Prize in Elocution (1897 story)

S.M. Montgomery (1)

The Pot of Gold at the Rainbow’s End (1898 poem)

J.C. Neville (2)

Two Sides of a Life Story (undated story)
Night in the Pastures (1908 reprint of 1898 poem)

James H. Stevenson (1)

Valedictory (1894 essay)

Published on 24 February 2019; last updated on 21 March 2024. Please contact the site owner with additions, corrections, questions, and suggestions.