Illustrations from Sara Crewe by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1888)

Frances Hodgson Burnett

At one of the library sales I frequent in my quest for classics by women authors, I came upon Sara Crewe: or, What Happened at Miss Minchin’s by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This confused me; wasn’t this the story always known as A Little Princess?

It turns out that Sara Crewe is an earlier version of what became the classic. It was serialized in St. Nicholas magazine in 1887, then collected into a novella, published in 1888 by Charles Scribner’s Sons.

In 1905, the expanded story was published for all time as we best know it, titled A Little Princess. And since then, the story has been performed on stage, filmed in several versions, and is consistently named one of the top novels for children of all time. Here are a few illustrations from the 1888 edition; artist unknown.

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Illustration from Sara Crewe (1888)


“Your father is dead. You have no friends.You have no money.
You have no home and no one to take care of you.”

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Sara Crewe (1888); the indian gentleman

… the Indian gentleman turned and looked at her curiously.

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Sara Crewe (1888) - he drew her small dark head

He drew her small dark head down upon his knee and stroked her hair.
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A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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