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Beyond the Secret Garden: The Life of Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Most people have heard of Little Lord Fauntleroy, and of The Secret Garden. Yet few people realize that the same woman wrote both books, 25 years apart, and was considered, along with Henry James, one of the leading writers in America on the strength of the adult novels which made her name in the 1870s and 1880s. Frances Hodgson Burnett's favourite theme in fiction was the ...more
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published August 28th 2014 by Policy Press
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A sympathetic but balanced biography about the author who wrote _The Secret Garden_ and _The Little Princess_. For fans the details of Frances Hodgson Burnett's personal life may be surprising. Quite a lot is learned about early 20th C publishing challenges faced by American authors, and also one gets a sense for how Children's literature as a separate genre evolved. Perhaps we have lost something today by these fine contemporary works of children's literature being pigeon holed in the now quite ...more
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Dr Ann Thwaite is a writer and occasional reviewer for publications such as The Guardian, Washington Post, Daily Telegraph, and Times. She has written five major biographies. Her biography AA Milne: His Life won the Whitbread Biography of the Year prize in 1990.

She is also a children's writer, whose works include The Camelthorn Papers (1969), Allsorts 1-7 (ed, 1968-75), Tracks (1978), Allsorts of
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