A Lady of Quality

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A Lady of Quality

By Francis Hodgson Burnett

Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (24 November 1849 - 29 October 1924) was an English-American playwright and author. She is best known for her children's stories, in particular Little Lord Fauntleroy (published in 1885-6), A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1911).

Frances Eliza Hodgson was born in Cheetham, near Manchester, England. After her father died ...

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A Lady of Quality

By Francis Hodgson Burnett

Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (24 November 1849 - 29 October 1924) was an English-American playwright and author. She is best known for her children's stories, in particular Little Lord Fauntleroy (published in 1885-6), A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1911).

Frances Eliza Hodgson was born in Cheetham, near Manchester, England. After her father died in 1852, the family eventually fell on straitened circumstances and in 1865 emigrated to the United States, settling near Knoxville, Tennessee. There, Frances began writing to help earn money for the family, publishing stories in magazines from the age of 19. In 1870 her mother died and in 1872 she married Swan Burnett, who became a medical doctor after which they lived in Paris for two years where their two sons were born before returning to the US to live in Washington D.C. There she began to write novels, the first of which (That Lass o' Lowries), was published to good reviews. Little Lord Fauntleroy was published in 1886 and made her a popular writer of children's fiction, although her romantic adult novels written in the 1890s were also popular. She wrote and helped to produce stage versions of Little Lord Fauntleroy and A Little Princess.

Burnett enjoyed socializing and lived a lavish lifestyle. Beginning in the 1880s, she began to travel to England frequently and bought a home there in the 1890s where she wrote The Secret Garden. Her oldest son, Lionel, died of tuberculosis in 1892, which caused a relapse of the depression she struggled with for much of her life. She divorced Swan Burnett in 1898 and married Stephen Townsend in 1900, and divorced him in 1902. Towards the end of her life she settled in Long Island, where she died in 1924 and is buried in Roslyn Cemetery, on Long Island.

In 1936 a memorial sculpture by Bessie Potter Vonnoh was erected in her honour in Central Park's Conservatory Garden. The statue depicts her two famous Secret Garden characters, Mary and Dickon.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781494971113
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 1/11/2014
  • Pages: 148
  • Sales rank: 1,269,215
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (24 November 1849 - 29 October 1924) was an English-American playwright and author. She is best known for her children's stories, in particular Little Lord Fauntleroy (published in 1885-6), A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1911).
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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Entertaining read!

    This book is written in the slightly stilted verbiage of the period, but it actually added to the interest of the story.

    I just started it yesterday and am half way through now.

    Enjoyable!

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    Posted June 16, 2012

    Excellent read

    Memorable characters, great story, fascinating protagonist. I enjoyed it very much.

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    I'm only half-way through the book, but I'm anxious to find out what happens next. The writer tends to scramble the words a bit, but I expect she was only keeping with the verbiage used at the time of the story setting, that being late 1600's. The characters are vibrant and at times, a little over the top, but that only makes for more intense reading! This will be a keeper in my growing stack of pleasure-reading books.

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