The Secret Garden: A Novel ~ BONUS! - Includes Download a FREE Audio Books Inside (Classic Book Collection)

The Secret Garden: A Novel ~ BONUS! - Includes Download a FREE Audio Books Inside (Classic Book Collection)

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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The Secret Garden

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Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic children's novel is about orphaned Mary Lennox, who is sent to live with her uncle at Misslethwaite Manor in Yorkshire. Initially a sour, bad-tempered child, Mary begins to bloom under the influence of nature when she discovers a long-abandoned garden on the grounds of her uncle's estate. Burnett's novel is brought to life by LibriVox volunteers who lend their voices to her characters. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

One of the most delightful and enduring classics of children's literature, The Secret Garden by Victorian author Frances Hodgson Burnett has remained a firm favorite with children the world over ever since it made its first appearance. Initially published as a serial story in 1910 in The American Magazine, it was brought out in novel form in 1911.

The plot centers round Mary Lennox, a young English girl who returns to England from India, having suffered the immense trauma by losing both her parents in a cholera epidemic. However, her memories of her parents are not pleasant, as they were a selfish, neglectful and pleasure-seeking couple. Mary is given to the care of her uncle Archibald Craven, whom she has never met. She travels to his home, Misselthwaite Manor located in the gloomy Yorkshire, a vast change from the sunny and warm climate she was used to. When she arrives, she is a rude, stubborn and given to stormy temper tantrums. However, her nature undergoes a gradual transformation when she learns of the tragedies that have befallen her strict and disciplinarian uncle whom she earlier feared and despised. Once when he's away from home, Mary discovers a charming walled garden which is always kept locked. The mystery deepens when she hears sounds of sobbing from somewhere within her uncle's vast mansion. The kindly servants ignore her queries or pretend they haven't heard, spiking Mary's curiosity.

The Secret Garden appeals to both young and old alike. It has wonderful elements of mystery, spirituality, charming characters and an authentic rendering of childhood emotions and experiences. Commonsense, truth and kindness, compassion and a belief in the essential goodness of human beings lie at the heart of this unforgettable story. It is the best known of Frances Hodgson Burnett's works, though most of us have definitely heard of, if not read, her other novel Little Lord Fauntleroy.

The book has been adapted extensively on stage, film and television and translated into all the world's major languages. In 1991, a Japanese anime version was launched for television in Japan. It remains a popular and beloved story of a child's journey into maturity, and a must-read for every child, parent, teacher and anyone who would enjoy this fascinating glimpse of childhood.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781539450917
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

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NAME :Frances Hodgson Burnett
OCCUPATION : Author, Playwright
BIRTH DATE : November 24, 1849
DEATH DATE : October 29, 1924
PLACE OF BIRTH : Manchester, United Kingdom
PLACE OF DEATH : Plandome, New York
MAIDEN NAME : Frances Eliza Hodgson
FULL NAME : Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett

British-U.S. playwright and author Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote children's novels including the classics Little Lord Fauntleroy and The Secret Garden.
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Author Frances Hodgson Burnett was born on Nov. 24, 1849 in Manchester, England. The playwright and author was best known for her children's novels, including Little Lord Fauntleroy, A Little Princess and The Secret Garden. She also wrote several adult novels including Through One Administration about corruption in Washington, D.C., in 1883 and later a historical novel called A Lady of Quality in 1896. She moved to America in the early 1900s and became a U.S. citizen. Frances Hodgson Burnett died in 1924 at the age of 74.

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