Frances Hodgson Burnett


Born
in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, England, The United Kingdom
November 24, 1849

Died
October 29, 1924

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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 supplement the family income, assuming full responsibility for the family upon the death of her mother, in 1870. In 1872 she married Dr. Swan Burnett, with whom she had two sons, Lionel and Vivian. The marriage was dissolved in 1898. In 1900 Burnett married actor Stephen Townsend until 1902 when they got divorced. Following her great success as a nove ...more

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“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...”
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“Whatever comes," she said, "cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

Polls

October 2014 New School Poll

 
  26 votes, 20.2%

1925, The Trial by Franz Kafka, pages 276
 
  21 votes, 16.3%

 
  12 votes, 9.3%

1920, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, pages 305
 
  10 votes, 7.8%

 
  9 votes, 7.0%

1952, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 581 pages
 
  8 votes, 6.2%

 
  7 votes, 5.4%

1966, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, pages 311
 
  7 votes, 5.4%

 
  5 votes, 3.9%

 
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1957, The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, pages 220
 
  4 votes, 3.1%

1974, Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow, pages 336
 
  4 votes, 3.1%

1952, The Birds by Daphne du Maurier, pages 75
 
  4 votes, 3.1%

 
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1980. Aztec by Gary Jennings, pages 754
 
  1 vote, 0.8%

1903, The Ambassadors by Henry James, pages 528
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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