Little Lord Fauntleroy

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At the age of sixteen Frances Hodgson Burnett moved to Tennessee with her bankrupt family and began writing for American magazines as means to support herself. Over two decades later Burnett published Little Lord Fauntleroy, modeling the character after her son Vivian. Burnett's text and Reginald Birch's original illustrations helped popularize a very romantic style of dress for boys -- a velvet suit with a broad lace collar -- in the late nineteenth and early twentieth ...
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Overview

At the age of sixteen Frances Hodgson Burnett moved to Tennessee with her bankrupt family and began writing for American magazines as means to support herself. Over two decades later Burnett published Little Lord Fauntleroy, modeling the character after her son Vivian. Burnett's text and Reginald Birch's original illustrations helped popularize a very romantic style of dress for boys -- a velvet suit with a broad lace collar -- in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

An American boy goes to live with his grandfather in England, where he becomes heir to a title and a fortune.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781289846640
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 10/3/2013
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author


Frances Hodgson Burnett lived from 1849 to 1924. She was born in Manchester and lived in great poverty after the death of her father in 1853. She escaped the horror of her surroundings by writing stories and often returned to a rags-to-riches or a riches-to-rags theme. In 1865 her family accepted a relative’s invitation to emigrate to America. They were still poor but the wide open spaces of Tennesssee were better than the slums of Manchester. Frances had to earn money so began writing short pieces for American magazines. In 1873 she married Dr Swan Burnett, and it was under her married name that she became a world-famous children’s writer.

Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote over forty books; the two that are best-known today are The Secret Garden and Little Lord Fauntleroy. In later life she became rather eccentric, turned to spiritualism and mystic cults and took to wearing frilly clothes and titian-coloured wigs – this earned her the nickname ‘Fluffy’.

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The Connecticut countryside, 1849

The grave was dug. Carefully, Lucas Whitaker hammered small metal tacks into the top of the coffin lid to form his mother's initials: H.W., for Hannah Whitaker. Then he stood up to straighten his tired back. All that was left was to lower the pine box into the cold, hard ground and cover it with dirt.

But Lucas didn't move. He stared blindly at the double line of grave markers in the little family burial ground. There were the graves of two infants, his brother and sister, each of whom had died so soon after birth that Lucas could scarcely remember anything about them except the sight of their tiny, red fists waving in the air and the sound of their feeble crying.

Their graves were so small that the fieldstones stuck in the ground to mark their heads and feet were no farther apart than the length of Lucas's arm.

Next were the stones marking the place where Lucas's Uncle Asa was buried. Asa had died of consumption two years before. Soon after, Lucas's sister Lizy, just four years old, had fallen to the same dread disease.

When they'd buried Lizy, Lucas and his father had worked together in stunned silence, afraid to think about, much less speak about, the mysterious way in which the sickness could sweep through a household taking one family member after another.

That night Lucas's mother had clasped him to her, weeping. "How long shall I be allowed to keep you?" she'd whispered.

But the next to be afflicted had not been Lucas. He shuddered as he remembered the way the large, powerful man who had been his father had turned slowly into a thin, pale stranger, too weak to stand. Until at last Lucas, working alone on ahot August day, tears mingling with the sweat of his labor, had buried his father, too.

Now, standing on the rocky hillside by his mother's grave, with the raw wind of late February tearing at his hair and clothing, Lucas felt nothing but a dull, gray weariness. Since the death of his father and Asa, it had taken every bit of strength he had just to make it from day to day. He'd learned to push his sorrow deep inside somewhere in order to get on with the hard work that was always waiting to be done on the farm.

When his mother's cheeks grew first flushed and red, then gray and gaunt, when she began to be taken by fits of coughing that left her clutching her chest in pain, Lucas gave up trying to keep the farm going. He spent his days by his mother's bedside, watching her waste away just as Lizy, and Pa, and Asa had done. He coaxed her to take spoonfuls of tea and wheat porridge. Holding her thin shoulders as her body was racked with coughing, he thought helplessly that it was as if something--or someone--were draining the very life from her.

Desperately, he tried the only remedy he knew, filling a pipe with dried cow dung and begging his mother to smoke it. The coughing only grew worse.

One day, a neighbor by the name of Oliver Rood rode out to the farm and offered to take care of the animals. "I hear your mother's real bad sick, Lucas. I'll take the creatures off your hands for the present, and come back in a few days to see how you're getting on."

"I'd be grateful to you, sir," said Lucas.

Finally, the time came when he could no longer pre tend that his mother would live. There was nothing to do but stay by her until death came. When she was gone, he felt something rise in his throat, a mixture of terror and anger and grief so strong that he was afraid to give voice to it.

Summoning all the strength of his will, he pushed the feeling down and down . . . until he'd felt the way he did now, his insides as numb and cold as the rough red hands that grasped the shovel.

Quickly, he finished the job. Then, opening his mother's Bible, he tried to read, but the words sounded stiff and hollow and held no comfort. He closed the book. There were people who had told him to adapt the deaths in his family as "God's will." But, hard as Lucas tried, he couldn't understand why God would want such things to happen.

Other folks had told him disease was the work of the devil. Still others believed it was witches who caused illness. He shook his head, baffled by it all. People got sick. They died. That he knew.

There were no friends or family to join him in mourning. The closest neighbors, the Hapgoods, had sold their farm and gone west, where the land was supposed to be cheap and plentiful. Lucas hadn't carried word to the Roods, or to any others. Their farms were far away. They had their own work and their own problems.

Lucas was alone.

Copyright ) 1996 by Cynthia C. DeFelice

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
1 A Great Surprise 1
2 Cedric's Friends 16
3 Leaving Home 52
4 In England 61
5 At the Castle 78
6 The Earl and his Grandson 108
7 At Church 141
8 Learning to Ride 152
9 The Poor Cottages 166
10 The Earl Alarmed 176
11 Anxiety in America 204
12 The Rival Claimants 221
13 Dick to the Rescue 235
14 The Exposure 244
15 His Eighth Birthday 251
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    A must read if you love heartwarming books!

    I loved this book as a child, and it is still one of my favorites. A rags-to-riches story written in the wonderful literary style of Frances Hodgson Burnett.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2011

    too many errors

    Pay for a better version. This one has too many errors.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    This is such a cute story!

    Loved reading this book.The plot was easy to get into.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    The boy inherits a title and does well for those all around him. An inspirational story that deserves to be read and for people who deserve to be enlightened.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2003

    Another Graham Rust winner!

    Artist Graham Rust has illustrated anumber of Frances Hodgson Burnettbooks -- this is one to add to anycollection of beautiful children's books.The classic story is a must-read, thisedition a must-have. Not to be missed!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    A great, quick read!

    I have long been a fan of "A Little Princess" and so decided to give Lord Fauntleroy a try. What a great book! A fun read for adults and children alike! I only gave it four stars because I thought the characters were somewhat two-dimensional, especially compared to those from A Little Princess. But still definitely a book worth reading!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2001

    A Must Read for American Readers Young and Old

    Little Lord Fauntleroy is a charming book that teaches great moral and character values that often are lost in today's self-seeking, self-centered American society. I believe this book should be introduced in grade school or be read to young children by loving parents.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Pepole

    Do not no wet a Review is .....I have not red the book yet
    P.s. i'm sory abowt my bad hand riting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    Lance

    Wonders over the day. Finally concludes that he had an average day

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Sam*

    *spell

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Claire

    Very good; and unfortunately I did not prepare a response for that. *turns to Orba* I would ask the same question to you, but I have to go in a bit. So in short.... DO YOU TAKE THIS MAN TO BE YOUR HUSBAND???
    <p> I don't really see the point in asking that, since you already made a pledge to each other. So to get the point, I declare thee man and wife. Devon, KISS THAT WOMAN.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Claire

    Silence to the two people in the back whose names start with S.
    <p> Ahem.... will thou love her, comfort her, honor her in sickness and in health, blah blah blah......... as long as ye both shall live? *fidgets uncomfortably at her old English*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Sundance

    *l sit in the back pew, wearing an above-the-knee royal purple dress.*

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Orba

    (Oh! Bring him and Karly over to my old house tonight for a family reception!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Claire

    YAAAYYY!!! *skips around throwing confetti and flower petals* okay, lovebirds, I gotta go. XD *tosses a round object that starts ticking away like a clock on the ground and runs for her life, only to hear an alarm clock by the time she reaches the door.* Darn. I thought that was a time bomb. Anywho, hasta la bye bye, peeps.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Mudstar&Galileo

    Shh, buddy. *whispers to galileo*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Storm

    o.o Ew. Choco. *she throws the jar into the aisle and watches the couple.* ^~^

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Claire

    Okay, everyone, gather, gather.... *peers at the crowd* all three or less of you... silence in the ranks! O.e ahem... *regains her composure and clears her throat* I will be preachering today, so forgive me if a little humor is mixed in. Although, I myself don't see that as a crime. Anyway, let us begin. *steps up to the pulpit*
    <p> Mowage. Mowage is what bwings us together to-day.
    <br> o_e .......... Now we have all gathered here to witness the wedding of Orba and Devon, who unfortunately I don't know your last name. All four or five of us. So, Mister Devon, I shall adress you first.

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