Emily Fox-Seton: Being the Making of a Marchioness and the Methods of Lady Walderhurst
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Emily Fox-Seton: Being the Making of a Marchioness and the Methods of Lady Walderhurst

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This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series. In the interest of creating a more extensive selection of rare historical book reprints, we have chosen to reproduce this title even though it may possibly have occasional imperfections such as missing and blurred pages, missing text, poor pictures, markings, dark backgrounds and other reproduct...more
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Published July 11th 2008 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. (first published January 1st 1901)
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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...more
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.
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
Laura McDonald
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...more
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
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
Cynthia Dunn
I should have realized when Mrs.Reilly read us The Little Princess in fourth grade that I would love Frances Hodgson Burnett's other books. Better late (much later) than never.
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
Wow! I've always listed Francis H Burnett is one of my favorite children's literature author.. I am going to have to amend that to one of my favorite authors.. This was my first venture into her adult fiction and I was mesmerized! She is a born storyteller. I love how the book starts with this very slow gentle Victorian Garden party… And then slowly, ever so slowly turns on a dime. I also really enjoyed the third person omniscient point of view of the book. Burnett really gets inside each charac...more
The plot of this book seems to be going somewhere, but just when it seems it will reach its climax it peeters out. This is mostly due to the title character being rather naive about the world. It is certainly refreshing to read a tale in which the title character is not brilliant, but though she is describe as being neither an intellect nor an idiot, I found she is an idiot. She struggles to think for herself, except to think the best of everyone and ignores all signs of disdain, which an ordina...more
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
"I wanted so much to like this book and indeed I enjoyed Part 1 very much. The introduction mentions that the two parts of the novel were originally written separately and it really shows. Part 1 has a lovely, fairy-tale like quality in which Emily Fox-Seton, the unfailingly kind and obliging protagonist, reaches her lowest ebb only to be raised up to heights of which she dared not dream. So far so good.[return][return]I was unable to read far into Part 2 because aspects of the author's style wh...more
Unlike Burnett's well known children's books The Secret Garden and Little Lord Fauntleroy, this is a Victorian-era novel written for adults that follows a naive, middle aged, working class woman as she unintentionally wins a marriage proposal from a highly eligible Marquis and steps into a position of wealth and luxury. The foreword to the book (which, I'll admit, I only skimmed) mentions how this has become a rediscovered classic that's sometimes taught alongside Jane Austen novels. I can see t...more
Shannon Vincent Nelson
While I usually reserve 5 stars for books that are quite moving or near perfection, I couldn't help giving 5 stars to The Making of a Marchioness due to the pure enjoyment I got from reading the book.

Originally composed of two novels, the book follows Emily Fox-Seton, a errand-runner, of sorts, for the upper classes through her adventure in becoming a Marchioness and the trials of her early marriage. The first half of the book is a romance along the lines of Jane Austen - a witty look at the Eng...more
Burnett, Frances Hodgson. THE MAKING OF A MARCHIONESS. (1901; this edition 2009). ****. A good friend of mine (Hi, Barb) from California and from Goodreads, reviewed this book and I got a copy of the review. I made a comment that I didn’t know that Burnett wrote anything else besides “Little Lord Fauntleroy,” and “The Secret Garden.” Apparently, however, she wrote many novels that enjoyed fairly wide popularity at the time. If they were all like this one, however, I’m afraid that this would be t...more
These stories – Lady Walderhurst is the sequel to the Cinderella-inspired Marchioness – are a far cry from the Burnett novels I read as a child. On the surface, they are little more than late Victorian chick lit: Marchioness is a fairy-tale romance while Lady Walderhurst is an uneven melodrama. The protagonist, Emily Fox-Seton, is a wide-eyed, cloyingly innocent lady who frequently made this modern girl cringe (although I did sort of like reading about a legitimately nice and modest heroine – wh...more
Jan 30, 2013 Rosie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Georgette Heyer fans might like it.
Recommended to Rosie by: Good Reads
I didn't know what to think! I read it because I loved The Secret Garden as a ten year old and was quite curious about Frances Hodgson Burnett's adult novels... it was a more than a little strange.

I quite enjoyed the first half - a 'romance' that managed a fairly good social commentary on the restricted life of middle and upper class women of the period, even if I found the characterisation relentlessly repetitive. I think I might have to read the second half again though, it was quite late in t...more
Margaret Sullivan
This was a bit of comfort-reading during a stressful time, and it was right there on my phone all ready for me.

This book consists of two shorter works, "The Making of a Marchioness" and "The Methods of Lady Walderhurst," both featuring the same character, Emily Fox-Seton. She is a poor but well-born woman who makes her living by performing tasks for rich women and making herself indispensable. As compensation, she is invited to spend some time at one of the women's country estates, where all th...more
Catherine Siemann
A quick read (I had it on my Kindle and read it overnight in a fit of insomnia), the high-concept summary of this book would be "Cinderella meets Downton Abbey." Lady Maria, who unfortunately fades into the background halfway through the book, is very Dowager Duchess of Grantham, and there's a devoted and quite astute ladies' maid, not unlike Anna. But Emily, the main character, an impoverished thirty-something spinster who gets an unexpected second chance, is so kind and other-directed she is f...more
Mariano Hortal
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Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) fue una escritora que nació en Gran Bretaña aunque luego se trasladó a Estados Unidos. Alba, a través de su sello Rara Avis nos ha traído “La formación de una marquesa”, que consta de dos partes, aunque inicialmente se publicaron separadas en el mismo año 1901, ahora se publican conjuntamente; estas dos partes son “La formación de una marquesa” y “Los métodos de Lady Walderhurst”.
En esa primera parte asistim...more
Kathy Hamilton
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Hands up if you thought Frances Hodgson-Burnett only wrote for children? I know I did until I came across this book recently. Growing up I loved "A Little Princess" and "The Secret Garden" only a little less than I loved the film versions! But despite that I gave little thought to their author, and certainly assumed that she just wrote for children. What I have come to realise recently, however, is that books like "The Secret Garden" were just a si...more
This book looks sweet, but it really is like a suckerpunch. I own the Persephone edition which is gorgeous, and has the two parts of the story.

The main character, Emily Fox-Seton, isn't really believable as a person, but it works in the story because this book isn't so much about the plot as it is a study about Victorian society. I'll explain. Emily has NO flaws except for being slow-witted - too slow-witted to know when she's being taken advantage of, manipulated, insulted or worse. But the rea...more
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
First published in 1901, Marchioness displays Burnett's ability to follow a non-heroine through events that may be dramatic but still interesting. You'll find an ever-innocent woman here who appreciates love and good fortune simply for what it is, but who dwells among those who are far from innocent.

Although from a genteel background, unmarried Emily Fox-Seton has been forced into the working world and largely exists as a lady's companion and secretary. She does live independently, however spar...more
Mary Gauger
Meeehhhh. When even the other characters literally refer to the main character as a "Victorian angel" with some humor, you gotta just sit back and turn a part of your brain off. Oh, also the period-friendly racism. It was a quick read, and once you get a sense of what its gonna be it's relatively enjoyable in a soap operatic way. I even liked the main character, despite her blindingly radiant goodness. But man, Burnett, chill out about India.
Here's another adult novel by an author much better known for her children's books. The only other adult novel by Burnett I've read is A Lady of Quality, which I didn't like; I tried The Making of a Marchioness and liked it quite a bit more. The book is divided into two parts. The first is a simple Cinderella tale, akin to Burnett's other books; simple Emily Fox-Seton is raised into the nobility when she marries the Marquis of Walderhurst. In the second part, the book becomes a melodrama as Emil...more
While better known today for her children’s books (The Secret Garden, The Little Princess) in her lifetime Frances Hodgson Burnett published a multitude of novels, plays and stories for adults as well. The Making of a Marchioness is very much a fairy tale for adults in two parts, the first part a sort of late Victorian Cinderella story and the second part a gothic melodrama. In the introduction of the edition I read, Marghanita Laski is quoted as describing it as “the fairy story diluted with un...more
Caroline Taggart
Originally written as two parts and it shows. The first part is charming – an impoverished but well-born and exceptionally kind young woman, Emily, is taken under the wing of Lady Maria, for whom she obliging fetches, carries and does all manner of errands. She attracts the attention of Lady Maria’s nephew and becomes his wife –the Marchioness of the title.

The second part is more gothic and less plausible. Emily’s husband, Lord Walderhurst, is in his 50s and his heir presumptive had reason to h...more
2.5 stars. After watching "The Making of a Lady" on PBS I was interested in the book it was based on, especially when I heard the author's name. I preferred the film, which of course was more suited to a contemporary audience. Part 1 was quite interesting, but Part 2 got more & more soap-opera-ish as the end neared.
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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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