The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden

Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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The classic story of how unhappy Mary Lennox is transformed by her friendship with Dickon, the garden boy and the wonders of nature that he reveals to her in the secret garden. Unabridged, this is nicely produced in a sturdy hardback edition. We also rate very highly the edition from Walker Books.

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From Michael Morpurgo: "I love this story of a girl's life being changed by nature."

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. The discovery of a mysterious and neglected garden is the key which unlocks the future of two hitherto lonely children. Mary, recently orphaned, and Colin, who is thought to be bedridden.


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

If you love a good story, then look no further. Oxford Children's Classics bring together the most unforgettable stories ever told. They're books to treasure and return to again and again. After the death of her parents, Mary Lennox is sent to her uncle's house on the Yorkshire Moors. But the house is an unhappy one. A tragedy happened there years before, and Mary's uncle has never recovered. Miserable and lonely, Mary starts to explore the house's gardens. There, led by a mischievous robin, she discovers a secret so important, so enchanting, that it will change her life completely.

About the Author

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was born in Manchester, England, on November 24, 1849. Her mother moved to Knoxville, Tenessee in 1865. Miss Hodgson began writing for magazines soon after. Her first widely-known story appeared in "Scribner's Magazine" in 1872.

Frances married Dr. L. M. Burnett of Washington D.C. in 1873. In 1898 she divorced Dr. Burnett and married Mr. Stephen Townsend in 1900.

Her reputation as a novelist was made with her story of Lancashire life, That Lass o' Lowrie's. A number of other works followed, with Through One Administration and A Lady of Quality as the most notable.

In 1886 she published the Little Lord Fauntleroy, which was dramatized during her life and (now safely out of copyright) continues as videos and movies. Her children's books, including the marvelous Secret Garden and Sara Crew (later rewritten to become: A Little Princess) are what she is best known for today, but her romance novels were very popular during her lifetime.

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Oxford University Press

Publication date

6th March 2008




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