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Emily Fox-Seton (Emily Fox-Seton #1-2)

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Burnett's two-part rags-to-riches tale, Emily Fox-Seton (1901), presents the story of a well-mannered but impoverished lady who is distantly related to the aristocracy. As she gets a job as a servant to her wealthy relatives, she is joyous beyond words, and the attentions she receives from a wealthy Marquis go a long way in appeasing for the harrowing past. The work follow ...more
Published July 10th 2008 by ReadHowYouWant (first published January 1st 1901)
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Jul 06, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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.
Lady Delacour
This book surprised me by how
enjoyable and entertaining it was.
Very nicely narrated by Lucy Scott.
Completely enjoyable. Emily is kind, unsuspecting, unselfish woman that on principle one should hate but I couldn't. I just liked her even when she saw the best in people (and they were trying to kill her). She's just so nice and real. This is two stories in one - the first half is a romance and the second half is a horror show (husband's heir is not fond of the new Marchioness). It shouldn't work, those two jarring stories, but it does. I really liked this edition, it had a intro and afterward ...more
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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
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19th-century
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.
Dana Loo
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classici
Romanzo nel complesso gradevole, nulla da dire sullo stile narrativo ma, secondo me, nn superiore a Un matrimonio inglese che ho trovato sicuramente più "armonico".La prima parte introduce la figura di Emily, una sorta di Cenerentola, un'anima pura, una donna senza alcuna malizia, quasi indigente che, malgrado la vita non le sia stata particolarmente benigna, riesce a cavarsela dignitosamente ed è amata e rispettata da tutti quelli che godono dei suoi piccoli servizi che offre con grande slancio ...more
Story: 3.5 stars
Narrator: 4 stars

Yes, I'll freely admit that, even though I had this book on my shelf for years, I didn't make the decision to read (well, listen to) it until after watching The Making of a Lady on PBS a few weeks ago (and I've pre-ordered the DVD!). While the "gothic" elements of the story seemed odd in the movie, I have to admit, they're even odder in the book . . . because they're given so much less malice and true menace first by how they're written about (and in whose POV) a
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: donne, uk, ebook
una donna buona, radiosa, gentile e indigente si ritrova, per un caso fortuito, a sposare un ricchissimo marchese e, allo stesso tempo, finisce per diventare l'oggetto di un misterioso intrigo. un libro forse romantico e fiabesco- se letto con gli occhi di oggi- ma allo stesso tempo godibile e avvincente; dedicato a chi pensa che l'amore possa cambiare le persone e che sia dedizione e l'intelligenza discreta aiutino a conquistarsi un posto nel mondo. lievemente delizioso.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, victorians
I found a beautiful Persephone edition of ‘The Making of a Marchioness’ in a charity shop, after reading and enjoying The Shuttle. Frances Hodgson Burnett is a distinctive writer with an impressively cynical view of late Victorian marriage and limitations placed upon women. I preferred The Shuttle, though, as it had a more striking narrator and clearer structure. ‘The Making of a Marchioness’ was written in two parts, the first of which is much shorter and in my view much more effective. Both co ...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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