Frances Hodgson Burnett
Frances Hodgson Burnett (November 24, 1849 – October 29, 1924) was born in Cheetham, England. At the age of sixteen, she started publishing stories in magazines to help support her family after the death of her father. She emigrated to the U.S. with her mother and siblings.
Though she did well with her stories and novels, she wasn’t widely recognized until she published her first children’s novel, Little Lord Fauntleroy in 1886. Sara Crewe: or, What Happened at Miss Minchin‘s was serialized in 1887 and published as a novella in 1888. This novella was the predecessor of what developed into A Little Princess.
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Burnett’s unstable marriages, spendthrift ways, and above all, the death of one of her sons contributed to her turbulent life. The more success she experienced, the more depressed and sick she became. The overwhelming stress and criticism from the media about her personal life possibly added to her poor health.
Writing in her garden helped her with her illnesses and contributed to one of her most popular works, The Secret Garden. It’s hard to say which is the more beloved of her works, the latter or A Little Princess. Burnett also helped write the theatrical versions of her books during her lifetime.
Her children’s books are timeless, as are their many adaptations. Frances Hodgson Burnett died in Nassau County, Long Island, NY, in 1924 at the age of seventy-four.
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More about Frances Hodgson Burnett on this site
- Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886)
- Sara Crewe, or What Happened at Miss Minchin’s (1888)
- A Little Princess (1905)
- The Secret Garden (1911)
- The Lost Prince (1915)
Biographies about Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Waiting for the Party: The Life of Frances Hodgson Burnett by Ann Thwaite
- Frances Hodgson Burnett: Beyond the Secret Garden
by Angelica Shirley Carpenter & Jean Shirley
- Reader discussion of her books on Goodreads
- Burnett | The Online Books Page
- Carson-Newman College – Letters of Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Frances Hodgson Burnett, Legend of Children’s Literature
Film adaptations of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s works
- The Secret Garden (1949)
- The Secret Garden (1975)
- The Secret Garden (1993)
- A Little Princess (1939)
- A Little Princess (1997)
- Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)
- Little Lord Fauntleroy (1995)
Read and listen online
- The Official Website of Central Park – Burnett Fountain – New York, NY
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