Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  

Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Synopsis

Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden (1911) is a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It is the story of little Mary Lennox, a girl who'd grown up in India spoiled by her servants, whose primary job it was to be seen and not heard. When Mary's parents die, she is sent to live in England with her uncle, a crotchety old widower. At first blush Mary is a spoiled, self-absorbed brat - she grew up unloved and unwanted, and is certainly "e;quite contrary."e; When she discovers behind high walls a mysterious and unkempt garden on the manor's property, her imagination and emotions begin to awaken. Mary's ability to grow and change after losing everything make it even more profound than a fairy tale. The other characters help her along: one is a good and healthy adult-child relationship, another helps her to recognize and develop her sense of empathy for her fellow kind, and a third teaches her about beauty and a love of nature. The power of this work to portray strong characters overcoming adversity, while charming and filling readers with imagination, has made The Secret Garden a cherished book for a 100 years.

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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eBook

Author

Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Publisher

Sheba Blake Publishing Sheba Blake Publishing

Publication date

7th January 2014

ISBN

9781304775252



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