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Little Lord Fauntleroy

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  10,863 ratings  ·  477 reviews
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1885, 1886) by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a beloved children's novel that made a huge impact on the 19th century public, shaping everything from boys' clothing fashions to copyright law. Cedric Errol is a generous, kind, and exemplary middle-class American boy who is suddenly found to be the heir of the Earl of Dorincourt. Saying loving goodbyes to ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 28th 1994 by NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company (first published 1877)
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This is a really silly book that caused a generation of little boys to have to suffer through long hair and white lace collars. Cedric, aka Little Lord Fauntleroy, is a goody good good little boy. His mother is perfect too.

I bet thousands of little boys in the 1880's wanted this book to disappear.
This is most certainly a Burnett book, with its theme of pure, innocent goodness overcoming greed and maliciousness (not to mention the theme of beauty being associated with goodness). For the first couple of chapters, I really thought that I wasn't going to like this one. I still don't think it holds a candle to "The Secret Garden," or even "A Little Princess," but it did grow on me a bit. I have a couple of complaints:

1. Maybe this is my own sexism rearing its ugly head, but I did not enjoy re
Nov 18, 2009 miaaa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: echa, dahlia
I love it. But if you're wondering why I gave it three stars. Merely because I read Little Princess and the Secret Garden first. Somehow, Burnett's works have a pattern of their own and you'd know at the end everything will be alright. A happy ending. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!


Beruntung sekali menemukannya di gudang buku Pasfes, dengan harga murah dan diterjemahkan dengan apik. Mari berburu buku-buku Frances Hodgson Burnett :D
Ricordi d’infanzia. L’ho letto da ragazzina e poi basta. La copia originale è andata persa nel tempo, per cui ne ho scaricato una versione digitale inglese da Project Gutenberg (che non corrisponde a quella registrata tra i miei libri, ma non avevo voglia di creare una nuova scheda: ogni tanto, sono di una pigrizia da far schifo). Allora mi era piaciuto e mi aveva appassionato e divertito. Se lo riprendessi in mano adesso, non so come andrebbe. Per cui preferisco tenermi l’idea piacevole che ne ...more
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Would you believe that I have never heard of Little Lord Fauntleroy until this year? When I was a kid, I only knew of little Cedric "Ceddie" Errol through this morning cartoon that I watch during summer vacation, same as where I first found out who Sara Crewe was. Ceddie is a little boy who lives with his mom and dad in New York. His dad passed away, and shortly after, they found out that Ceddie was actually the next in line as the Earl of Dorincourt in England, a
Kathleen Dixon
I put this aside for a while and find a month and a half later that I have no interest in returning to it. Just not my thing - I can't blame it on the author's writing style because I love The Secret Garden, but I've never known an angelic child (don't get me wrong, I adore my grandchildren, but they have their naughty moments like every other child I've ever known) and just can't feel any sense of reality in the few pages I read.
Casey Costello
The fact that Frances Hodgson Burnett's "Little Lord Fauntleroy" was such a sensation in the 1880s says as much about the contrast between the late Victorian Era and today as any anthropological study could.

The story centers around Cedric Errol, a kind, optimistic young boy who lives with his mother in modest circumstances in New York City, and is friends with just about everyone he meets. One day, he learns that he is actually Lord Fauntleroy, the heir apparent to become Earl of Dorincourt, and
This got two stars because it's really not quite as terrible as it could be. Not that that's saying much. I feel as though all the things that make The Secret Garden (by the same author) so unique in that era of children's literature are completely lacking in this drivel. And I really do like Frances Hodgson Burnett. However, the plot of this novel is WEAK WEAK WEAK. And, although I don't want to give anything away for those of you just pining to read this, let me just say that the only thing mo ...more
A character that I've constantly seen referenced but had never read. It is definitely a product of its time; slow to start and with an extremely dry wit that still caused my family to laugh out loud on several occasions (we read it aloud in the car). One of the funniest lines wasn't in the novel proper but in the authors biography "Her (Burnett's) adult novels are of a sentimental vein which is now thoroughly out of fashion."

The language is a bit repetitive - the Earl's smile is almost always '
Susan Jo Grassi
I read this in school when I was 10 or 11. That was, wait for it, half a century ago. Since it was a school project, I doubt that I appreciated it as much as I did this time around. It's the classic example of how good can change bad and innocence and trust can overcome self-indulgence.
Imagine having an incredibly beautiful 7-year-old boy look up to you in every way and believe you good even when you are nasty. Would you want to reform yourself or disabuse him of his illusions because he is so annoyingly flawless?
I remember waking up at 5AM because I wanted to finish this book so badly. Unfortunately, I'd probably hate it today. (I mean, a little kid who calls his mother "Dearest"? Brutal.)

The greengrocer was pretty great, though.
One of my most favorite books ever, and I'm not sure why... I just found it to be a very sweet story, and one I would recommend. If anything, it's because Fauntleroy is so much fun to say. Go on, say it!
Having read 'A Little Princess' earlier today I wanted to read another book by the same author to see if they all had the same.... thick writing style. Answer - they do.

This is the second time I have read 'Little Lord Fauntleroy' and I admit I wasn't as enchanted with it this time. The little lord seems much too perfect, and the conclusion is almost gift wrapped it is so neat and tidy.

I would still call this a children's classic but there are other books I would chose for them to read above this
Barb Middleton
This story addresses the adult more than the child and shows the history of the late 1800's when children's literature was not its own separate entity. It was emerging but this is a good example of the lines being blurred for its message is for the greedy adult who needs redemption as contrasted by a pure and innocent child. Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden" and "A Little Princess" have more childlike aspects with imaginative play, friendships, and toys than this one, but it is still ...more
Rebecca Douglass
This less-read work by the author of The Secret Garden follows the fortunes of young Cedric Errol, an American boy whose English father died when he was very young, leaving him and his mother to get on as best they can. But when Ceddie is seven, an astonishing thing happens: it is revealed (to him; his mother knew all along) that his father was the youngest son of the Earl of Dorincourt. Further, it seems that his father's two older brothers have both died without having sons, and Ceddi
I wasn't expecting to like it, although was a tad curious to read Burnett's other works. I got myself a copy of Aladdin's Classics version; a warning though: don't read P. Horvath's foreword. I don't know why she was chosen to write for this classic; all she's able to do for me was to turn me off from reading the selection.

Moving on...memorable parts of the story was the friendship between Mr. Hobbs ("i'll be jiggered!") and Cedric. You will undoubtedly fall in-love with the little lord and his
I must admit I much prefer Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic SECRET GARDEN to this somewhat lesser known work, Little Lord Fauntleroy -- Burnett's first children's novel. However, this rags to riches sentimental story was hotly popular in its day (serialized in 1895-1896 before being published in book form.) In fact, the book was popular enough to impact the fashion for young boys in America!

Little Lord Fauntleroy, Cedric, is an idealized, perfect (COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY PERFECT) 7 year old b
Sep 02, 2014 Jason rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kid's lit lovers
Recommended to Jason by: Me, saw the movie
Greetings. If you wish to read the book review, then skip down a few paragraphs to the section so marked in all caps and emboldened. I wish to preface this review with a brief tale about my efforts to read the book. Why? Well, this is my canvas, and I'll paint what I want, thank you very much.

I saw this movie once when I was a child/preteen, or thereabouts. It was the Alec Guiness/Ricky Schroeder version, and I remember I kind of liked it, but never did pick up the book. Such things didn't reall
Little Lord Fauntleroy is a set book for my children's lit course, I think. It's the second book I've read by Frances Hodgson Burnett -- although I own A Little Princess too, and plan to read it soon. They all seem to start the same way, describing the child and then having a sudden change in circumstances, especially location (e.g. India to Yorkshire, America to , usually due to the death of a parent. In The Secret Garden and Little Lord Fauntleroy, there is some kind of amazing change in circu ...more
Anna Matsuyama
A long time ago I saw a movie so I knew what to expect. Maybe, I would have loved this book when I was 7 and hated it when I was 14. Now at 21, I think it was OK-ish.
I wanted to give this book excuses, first Frances Hodgson Burnetts' novel, first published in 1885 and all that. But Mark Twains' The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was first published in the same year!
My biggest issue is Cedric Errol aka Little Lord Fauntleroy. Why? The sun shines out his backside! That's why. The supporting char
Jennifer Hughes
I've been listening to the audiobook. A Little Princess is a favorite book from childhood, and I also like The Secret Garden, but I just can't stand to finish this one. The plot is thin. The characters are two or even one-dimensional (if that's possible). The writing is so cliched I wanted to hurl...the cds out the car window. How is this book a classic?

Ceddy is portrayed as a completely perfect child. He always says and does the right thing. That's tough enough for most of us, but he's only 7.
My children and I were inspired to read this book when reading Helen Keller's 'The Story of My Life', because it was one of her favorite books, and the first book she read from start to finish. Somehow I never read it in my childhood, which is a shame - I would have loved it.

I read it aloud with my children, and we all enjoyed it immensely. My 10 year old son said it was his favorite book, and we were all anxious to find out how it ended, and couldn't stop reading.

I love sharing stories with my
I read this out loud to my daughter. She's only 16 months old, so no more than a word or two could have sunk in, but we're getting the pattern of reading at night instilled - and I enjoy reading aloud quite a bit.

This is a sweet and innocent book. It could be cloying, even. But the antiquated wording and speech help to bring some interest to it. I also enjoyed the ex-cantankerous grandfather. Without him, this would have been far less interesting. I read him in a slow, low, and mostly bemused vo
There is a charm to older, classic children's novels that is undeniable. I don't care how many people tell me they are too "goody goody." I love that there are novels that inspire children to goodness, and in so doing, inspire the adults in their lives to the same. Lesser known than her novels, "The Secret Garden" and "A Little Princess," this novel is just as sweet and uplifting. A delight to read. I have treasured images in my mind of my little boy's face alight as I read this book to him when ...more
I would have liked to give this book three stars simply because I love other books by this author, but that doesn't seem justified when I have only read the first quarter of the book and have no desire to continue reading. At this point most of the major conflicts introduced at the beginning have been resolved, and I fear the rest of the book will be continued descriptions of how kind, patient, loving, beautiful, and perfect little Fauntleroy is. This one just isn't for me. I think I'll stick wi ...more
This is pretty terrible. But hey, it does have this passage:
Here lyeth ye bodye of Gregorye Arthure Fyrst Earle of Dorincourt allsoe of Alisone Hildegarde hys wyfe.

'May I whisper?' inquired his lordship, devoured by curiosity.

'What is it?' said his grandfather.

'Who are they?'

'Some of your ancestors,' answered the Earl, 'who lived a few hundred years ago.'

'Perhaps,' said Lord Fauntleroy, regarding them with respect, 'perhaps I got my spelling from them.'
May 22, 2014 Allison rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: classic children's lit fans
As a child, I loved Frances Hodgson Burnett's other classic, The Secret Garden. Somehow, though, I never read this tale about the little boy from America who discovers he's heir to an earl's fortune and travels back to England to meet his grandfather.

From my knowledge of pop culture, I wrongly assumed that Little Lord Fauntleroy would be a spoiled brat. In fact, Burnett's description of the child make him out as one of the most kind-hearted, generous, selfless souls, who probably would only exis
Federica Leva
Ancora una volta, i personaggi prediletti dalla Burnett sono ricchi bambini inglesi, di bell'aspetto e amabili. Ma a differenza d'altre storie, questa volta il piccolo protagonista non diviene povero né si ritrova ad affrotnare in solitudine le avversità dellea vita: al contrario, nato povero, in uno squallido quartiere americano, Cedric eredita l'immensa fortuna del padre, e si trasferisce con la madre e la levatrice in Inghilterra, dove conoscerà lo scorbutico e glaciale nonno, e ne conquister ...more
This little novel is a fairy tale. It feels no need to apologize for itself, nor I for it, but I can see where it could irk. I love Fauntleroy, whose inherent goodness draws out the goodness in those around him. That's a wonderful message: treat people as if they are good, and they can't but be good in the face of your trust. This makes you think about how much control an author has, though. Burnett can fashion the universe so that Fauntleroy is an inspiration rather than a dupe, but the real wo ...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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“What does it say?" asked my lord.
"It says, `Good-night, God keep you all the night!'--just what she used to say when we were together. Every night she used to say that to me, and every morning she said, `God bless you all the day!' So you see I am quite safe all the time----”
“And that is best of all, Ceddie,—it is better than everything else, that the world should be a little better because a man has lived—even ever so little better, dearest.” 1 likes
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