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T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Feb 26, 2009

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This is the first of Burnett's many adult novels that I've read, and while it had some surprises, it seemed something like an adult version of Little Lord Fauntleroy. The hero is a poverty-stricken New York orphan of English descent who manages through intellect and hard work to become a society journalist. He falls in love with the daughter of a Lancashire inventor, rescues an amnesiac gentleman with mental problems, and then receives Unusual News from Britain...

I think what I found most interesting about the novel was the way in which it melded the tropes of sentimental fiction (reversals of fortune, hopeless love, devoted daughters) with those of sensation fiction (amensiac gentlemen, insane asylums, gambling scandals). Given how late it was written I suspect it was following in a lot of footsteps, but if I was still in the paper-writing world I could imagine doing a research project on when & how these tropes got brought together. I suspect that the sentimental did much to defang the sensational.

All in all a reasonably enjoyable book, particularly for some of the characters; I really liked Miss Alicia, who seemed like she could have walked out of Cranford.

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Jess I've never even heard of this novel by FHB! Is it anything like her more children's lit stuff?

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