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Francis Hodgson Burnett : the unexpected life of the author of the Secret Garden

Author: Gretchen Gerzina
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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"Hugely successful in her own time for adult novels and plays, Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) would be astounded to find that she is remembered for a handful of books for children, but most of all for The Secret Garden, which has been enormously popular for generations. This biography - the first to have the full cooperation of Burnett's descendents and relatives - examines her life with lively intelligence,
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Frances Hodgson Burnett; Frances Hodgson Burnett; Frances Hodgson Burnett
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gretchen Gerzina
ISBN: 0813533821 9780813533827 9780813538259 0813538254
OCLC Number: 223458289
Description: pages cm
Contents: The new world, 1865 --
A Manchester childhood, 1849-1865 --
A shabby genteel story, 1866-1868 --
Vagabondia, 1869-1872 --
The reluctant bride abroad, 1872-1876 --
Piracy and a play, 1876-1878 --
A city of groves and bowers, 1877-1880 --
In the company of women, 1880-1884 --
Fauntleroy, 1884-1887 --
Return to Europe, 1887-1888 --
Lionel, 1889-1890 --
Drury Lane, 1891-1892 --
Great London roars below, 1892-1894 --
The new woman, 1894-1896 --
Ladies of quality, 1896-1897 --
Maytham Hall, 1897-1900 --
Stephen, 1900-1902 --
Recovery and new thoughts, 1902-1906 --
The end of an era, 1907-1911 --
At home and abroad, 1911-1918 --
Elizabeth, 1921-1924.
Responsibility: Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina.
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"Hugely successful in her own time for adult novels and plays, Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) would be astounded to find that she is remembered for a handful of books for children, but most of all for The Secret Garden, which has been enormously popular for generations. This biography - the first to have the full cooperation of Burnett's descendents and relatives - examines her life with lively intelligence, sensitivity, and fascinating new, never-before-published material."

"Burnett's life was full of those reversals of fortune that mark her work. Following modest beginnings in mid-Victorian Manchester, she arrived in post-Civil War Tennessee at the age of fifteen with her widowed mother and two sisters. Burnett was the breadwinner of the family from the age of seventeen, eventually publishing a total of fifty-two books and writing and producing thirteen plays. She made and spent a fortune in her lifetime, was generous and profligate, yet anxious about money and obsessively hardworking."

"Constantly restless and inventive, Burnett had a personal life as complex as her professional one. Her first marriage to a southern doctor disintegrated as a result of her notorious flirtations and a scandalous affair, and her subsequent marriage to an English doctor-turned-actor suffered a similar fate. She understood the intensity and loneliness of the thoughtful child, but was herself a largely absent mother of two sons - overwhelmed by guilt when tragedy struck one of them; the other never got over being the model for Little Lord Fauntleroy."--Jacket.

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