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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published October 11th 2007 by BiblioLife (first published January 1st 1901)
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Jun 09, 2009 Wealhtheow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I am always impressed by Burnett's ability to write sweet stories without being twee or saccharine. This is what Edith Wharton would write on anti-depressants.
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The three week read and discussion of Emily Fox-Seton by Frances Hodgson Burnett begins Sunday, May 5, at the 19thCenturyLit group. Emily Fox-Seton includes The Making of a Marchioness and The Methods of Lady Walderhurst.

This book discussion can be joined at 19thCenturyLit - Literature of the 19th Century.

Discussion Schedule:
May 5 Part One (Chapters 1 - 6)
May 12 Part Two, Chapters 7 - 15
May 19 Part Two, Chapters 16 - 24

Both books, "The Making of a Marc
Dec 07, 2014 Dagny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The first part, Being The Making of a Marchioness, was predictable, but the descriptions were interesting and the characters likable. The second part, The Methods of Lady Walderhurst, started out peacefully enough but then turned into a breathless rush to the finish.
Dana Loo
Romanzo nel complesso gradevole, nulla da dire sullo stile narrativo ma, secondo me, nn superiore a Un matrimonio inglese che ho trovato sicuramente più "armonico".La prima parte introduce la figura di Emily, una sorta di Cenerentola, un'anima pura, una donna senza alcuna malizia, quasi indigente che, malgrado la vita non le sia stata particolarmente benigna, riesce a cavarsela dignitosamente ed è amata e rispettata da tutti quelli che godono dei suoi piccoli servizi che offre con grande slancio ...more
Story: 3.5 stars
Narrator: 4 stars

Yes, I'll freely admit that, even though I had this book on my shelf for years, I didn't make the decision to read (well, listen to) it until after watching The Making of a Lady on PBS a few weeks ago (and I've pre-ordered the DVD!). While the "gothic" elements of the story seemed odd in the movie, I have to admit, they're even odder in the book . . . because they're given so much less malice and true menace first by how they're written about (and in whose POV) a
Jul 28, 2013 Nina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book so much that I read it within a day and a half. The writing was lush and descriptive enough to enchant me--full of tea and English country houses. I also enjoyed the suspense--are these dark, sinister people from India really dark and sinister? Well, yes. But it wasn't as cut and dried as it could have been, thankfully. I also enjoyed the heroine, who was too good and guileless for her own good, and it seemed she was even too good, at times, for the narrator's patience! Anoth ...more
Mar 06, 2016 Ffiamma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: donne, uk, ebook
una donna buona, radiosa, gentile e indigente si ritrova, per un caso fortuito, a sposare un ricchissimo marchese e, allo stesso tempo, finisce per diventare l'oggetto di un misterioso intrigo. un libro forse romantico e fiabesco- se letto con gli occhi di oggi- ma allo stesso tempo godibile e avvincente; dedicato a chi pensa che l'amore possa cambiare le persone e che sia dedizione e l'intelligenza discreta aiutino a conquistarsi un posto nel mondo. lievemente delizioso.
Lady Daisy Barksby- Pryce
Although primarily known today for her children's books, France's Hodgson Burnett wrote a great many novels for adults, and, in fact, The Making of A Marchioness was written ten years befor A Little Princess. Many of the same themes appear in both books, however.

Marchioness is, like Priness, a Cinderella story. In each, a kind, well-mannered character is left in reduced financial circumstances through no fault of her own and must make do in getting on in the world. As in most Cinderlla stories,
Corrie Ann
Jul 09, 2016 Corrie Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I always find it a bit challenging to write a review of a book that I consider a favorite.

I read a tattered, old library copy of this book many years ago, although I think it was only the second of the stories contained in this volume (The Methods of Lady Walderhurs) as I have no recollection of the first story. I recently picked up the Persephone edition, which contains both Emily Fox-Seton stories (The Making of a Marchioness and The Methods of Lady Walderhurst) and I was reminded why I love F
This book, written by the author of A Little Princess and The Secret Garden, is an adult romance that set the pace for traditional romances by Georgette Heyer and other writers. The heroine, Emily Fox-Seton is very poor, but manages to get by on 20 pounds a year. She's not very bright, but she's good and kind and everyone loves to take advantage of her good nature. Lady Maria Bayne invites Emily to her house party in the country to assist with the duties of party planning and hosting. The guests ...more
I read this because I could get it for free on Kindle--I was interested in seeing how Burnett writes for adults. The racism is typical for the time period, but no more pleasant because of that, and the main character is just a little too good. The moral of the story seems to be that if you allow yourself to be put upon by everybody, eventually everything will work out beautifully. For all my complaining, though,Burnett does keep things humming--it doesn't drag the way some books from that period ...more
Dec 25, 2015 Tabuyo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clásicos
Impresionante tanto la forma de escribir de Frances Hodgson como la historia. De lo mejorcito que he leído en mucho tiempo.
Paula Gonzalez
Dec 07, 2015 Paula Gonzalez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful classic that for some reason, not many people know about. This book tells the story of a wonderful, kind-hearted and beautiful woman called Emily Fox Seton. It is divided in two parts. The first part tells us about her years as a single woman, striving to make a living and make it out on her own. This part of the book is very laid back, descriptive and easy to enjoy.

The second part describes Emily Fox Seton's life after she marries a wealthy man and describes the events that
Emily Fox-Seton is, unfortunately, an impoverished young women with limited opportunities and largely depends upon the kindness of friends to carve out an existence in the world. But she is well liked by friends and acquaintances, who appreciate her good nature by largely taking advantage of her, and manages to land an invitation to Lady Maria Bayne’s house party at Mallowe Court where she meets a the Marquis, Lord Walderhurst. The first part of the novel covers Emily’s time at the party and her ...more
Laura McDonald
Sep 02, 2010 Laura McDonald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half is a quaint romance. While both the hero and heroine could be a little more interesting, I believe the point is that they aren't interesting at all. Emily borders on being annoying for her stupidity and letting everyone trample all over her, but she's so sweet one can't completely dislike her. Lord Walderhurst is simply an older, utterly logical fellow looking for a gal--and not just a pretty face, which is admirable.

The second half has been called racist in recent times for its t
Nov 20, 2012 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
A less complimentary view of marriage in the post-Victorian era, but a good read. Our heroine, Emily Fox-Sefton, is so very good and cheerful that she's almost simple minded. She's also poor and has to work for a living, which isn't easy to do in a way that doesn't drag her down from her status as a lady. In the course of her work as a sort of temporary social secretary for her wealthier peers, she meets a man. For a variety of reasons - her lack of expectations for a relationship, her beauty, h ...more
I really enjoyed the first part of the story, but was very disappointed by the second part. I thought the second half of the story would be a commentary on domesticity and Victorian marriage, but instead it turned out to be a melodrama with racist undertones. Unfortunately just expected more from a book that is taught alongside P and P and Jane Eyre by some american colleges. Would still recommend though for the lovely first half of the story!
Aug 30, 2016 JRoDaro rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I watched the miniseries on Netflix, and it was terrible. The Internet said the book was better . . . it wasn't. I think it was worse. They said it was a good illustration of the limitedness of womens' choices in the 19th century. True, but so are a lot of books. This one stands out from other works because it begins with the excessive discussion of altering dresses and hats.

The main character was poor, but extremely good at altering dresses and hats to look like she wasn't. She was also very s
Sep 29, 2015 Annette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 2 stars for okay.
Miss Emily Fox-Seton is an unmarried 34 year old woman living in London.
The time period is the Edwardian era, 1901-1910.
She is a loving and kind person. Her interests are for the benefit of others. She is proper, innocent, naive, gracious, and lady-like.
A benefactor provides a small income. Emily creates a life with gratitude and joy.
She is well-liked by all who know her.
Wealthy Lord Walderhurst is impressed with her reputation and bearing.
a bene placito
‘The Making of a Marchioness’ is a Cinderella-type story, with a somewhat turbulent ‘happily ever after’.

It tells the tale of Emily Fox-Seton, ‘a woman of good blood and of good education’ but penniless and forced to work for a living, doing odd jobs for several different patronesses. Her fate takes a turn though, when she meets James, the Marquis of Walderhurst, one of the most unromantic male characters to ever come out of late Victorian/early Edwardian literature. But well, it’s not like Emil
Nov 02, 2014 Mirte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
I bought this novel at Persephone books, after a long process of selection. I eventually picked it because Id already read something by Burnett, namely The Secret Garden, and liked that, as well as its status as a Persephone classic. This novel is described as a romance between two very unromantic characters, and thats just right. I loved the simple tale of Miss Fox-Seton getting by on a very low budget, but being a very happy and satisfied creature and helping others whenever she can. Though th ...more
Feb 10, 2016 Em's rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Emily Fox-Seton is child-like and innocent of other peoples less than honorable intentions. She does not view herself as clever but manages to maintain appearances while living in genteel poverty. She is frugal and imaginative in endeavouring to earn enough to pay her rent. She sees kindness in others and thinks nothing of her own actions when in actuality she is doing an even greater service to others. I think characters such as Emily Fox-Seton would be underrated in today's society as being na ...more
Sep 24, 2014 Nelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is divided into two two parts; the first, a Cinderella story with elements of hyper realism - as the incredibly kind but unintelligent Emily Fox Seton works at a weekend party, and the reader sees her fears of how she will survive if she can not work. The interesting part of this character is how she has no desire or ambitions for marriage, but rather only hopes to be able to work to make her money, which is an interesting viewpoint to read from, as it reveals other ways women survived ...more
Jun 08, 2016 Muriomu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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La grande Frances Hodgson Burnett, che abbiamo imparato a conoscere grazie ai grandi capolavori per ragazzi che l'hanno resa celebre, come "Il giardino segreto", "La piccola principessa" e "Il piccolo lord", mostra in questo suo romanzo per adulti, un'altra sfumatura della sua penna.
In questo lavoro ci sono moltissime caratteristiche proprie della sua scrittura - l'attenzione alle descrizioni e ai dettagli, l'importanza e il rilievo riservato alle atmosfe
Jan 16, 2013 Dianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this one! The first half is a fairy tale with an endearing heroine (big, good-natured, poor, and disgustingly healthy), and the second half is a combination melodrama and commentary on Victorian marriage.

2013: I enjoyed listening to the recording of this book from
Apr 28, 2015 Zerah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
It's true that the first part is better than the second part but all in all I really enjoyed reading this book. Also I highly recommend reading the preface and the afterword if you purchase this edition of The Making of a Marchioness!
Jul 27, 2015 Nenya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only the brilliant logic and sensitiveness of genius really approaches knowledge of itself, and as a result it is usually extremely unhappy. Walderhurst was never unhappy.

Walderhurst being the marquis with the good sense to marry our Emily (the titular character)

Rather refreshing to read. The h is a little bit older, 34 (35 by the second half), and the H is much older at 54. It is perhaps a touch annoying that he is referred to as middle-aged, or slightly more, and Lady Maria (his cousin?) who
May 09, 2015 Lynda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england-european
Good book, though certainly a product of its times. The main character, Emily Fox-Seton, though of good birth, is poor with no family that will support her and so she supports herself as a companion to those of the higher classes and by doing errands and tasks for them. She is very sweet and always of a sunny disposition and though not stupid is not terribly clever either. She manages, but knows that she must be frugal at all times. When she is invited to one of her patron's homes for the summer ...more
I watched PBS's The Making of a Lady and the opening credits said it was based on The Making of a Marchioness. My elderly ears missed some important dialogue at the end, so knowing I had this book as a free Kindle download, I decided to read it to tie up the loose ends. Got to the end and discovered that this book was just the first segment of a two-part story and was just kind of a big nothing that hardly made up 10% of the PBS movie, with all the suspense, plot, and action saved for the next s ...more
May 23, 2013 Sorcha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, classic, persephone
Emily Fox-Seton is a single, well bred woman of 35, with some education but absolutely no money. She lives in one room of a boarding house, and with the help of the daughter of the house, is able to work her limited wardrobe as best they can.[return][return]She therefore works for a living, surviving by running errands for various wealthy people around London. When one of her employers invites her for a summer holiday at a country estate, Emily is ecstatically grateful and accepts. One of the gu ...more
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Frances Eliza Hodgson was the daughter of ironmonger Edwin Hodgson, who died three years after her birth, and his wife Eliza Boond. She was educated at The Select Seminary for Young Ladies and Gentleman until the age of fifteen, at which point the family ironmongery, then being run by her mother, failed, and the family emigrated to Knoxville, Tennessee. Here Hodgson began to write, in order to sup ...more
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