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Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849–1924)

Author of The Secret Garden

255+ Works 65,945 Members 1,077 Reviews 139 Favorited

About the Author

Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote for children and adults, publishing both plays and novels. She was born in Manchester, England, on November 24, 1849. Her father, who owned a furniture store, died when she was only four years old. Her mother struggled to keep the family business running while trying show more to raise five children. Finally, because of the failing Manchester economy, the family sold the store and immigrated to the United States. In 1865 they settled just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. Hoping to offset her family's continuing financial troubles, Burnett began to submit her stories to women's magazines. She was immediately successful. In the late 1860s her stories were published in nearly every popular American magazine. Burnett helped to support her family with income from the sale of her stories, even saving enough to finance a trip back to England, where she stayed for over a year. In 1879, Burnett published her first stories for children; two of her most popular are A Little Princess and The Secret Garden. In contrast to an extremely successful career, Burnett's personal life held many challenges. Her son Lionel was diagnosed with tuberculosis at age 15, from which he never recovered. His death inspired several stories about dead or dying children. Burnett lived her later years on Long Island, New York. She died in 1924. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden (1911) — Author — 35,965 copies, 558 reviews
A Little Princess (1905) 16,061 copies, 215 reviews
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886) 3,331 copies, 45 reviews
The Lost Prince (1915) 720 copies, 16 reviews
Sara Crewe (1888) 549 copies, 7 reviews
The Making of a Marchioness (1901) 541 copies, 27 reviews
The Shuttle (1907) 456 copies, 23 reviews
The Secret Garden (Classic Starts) (2005) 367 copies, 4 reviews
A Little Princess (Classic Starts) (2005) 347 copies, 1 review
The Racketty-Packetty House (1906) 294 copies, 6 reviews
The Secret Garden / A Little Princess (1995) 236 copies, 4 reviews
The Making of a Marchioness (1901) 200 copies, 19 reviews
A Lady of Quality (1896) 159 copies, 7 reviews
A Little Princess (A Stepping Stone Book) (1994) 154 copies, 2 reviews
The Secret Garden [Norton Critical Edition] (2006) 122 copies, 3 reviews
The Land of the Blue Flower (1904) 118 copies, 2 reviews
T. Tembarom (1913) 111 copies, 2 reviews
That Lass o' Lowrie's (1877) 89 copies, 3 reviews
Racketty-Packetty House and Other Stories (2002) 85 copies, 1 review
The Head of the House of Coombe (1922) 77 copies, 4 reviews
The White People (1917) 74 copies, 2 reviews
The Secret Garden (1998) 70 copies, 1 review
A Fair Barbarian (1880) 69 copies, 7 reviews
Editha's Burglar (1888) 67 copies, 2 reviews
Robin (1922) 66 copies, 5 reviews
The Secret Garden [adapted - Penguin Readers] (1990) 65 copies, 18 reviews
The Dawn of a To-morrow (1905) 59 copies, 3 reviews
Louisiana (1889) 56 copies, 1 review
His Grace of Osmonde (1897) 48 copies, 2 reviews
The Secret Garden [adapted] (2012) 47 copies, 3 reviews
Little Saint Elizabeth and Other Stories (1890) 47 copies, 2 reviews
In the Closed Room (1904) 46 copies, 4 reviews
Little Lord Fauntleroy [Oxford Bookworms] (2009) 44 copies, 31 reviews
My Robin (1922) 42 copies, 1 review
Der geheime Garten (1998) 41 copies, 3 reviews
A Little Princess (Illustrated Classics) (2013) — Author — 38 copies
Esmeralda (2004) 29 copies, 2 reviews
The Little Hunchback Zia (1955) 25 copies
Theo (2009) 23 copies, 2 reviews
The Methods of Lady Walderhurst (1901) 22 copies, 2 reviews
Vagabondia (2008) 18 copies
Surly Tim and Other Stories (1977) 16 copies
Through One Administration (1883) 14 copies, 1 review
Haworth's (1879) 13 copies, 2 reviews
Seth (2010) 12 copies
The Secret Garden (2017) — Author — 11 copies, 1 review
Piccino (2010) 11 copies
Surly Tim (Penny Books) (2011) 11 copies
Victorian Doll Stories (1969) 10 copies
One Day At Arle (2011) 9 copies
The Cozy Lion (2015) 9 copies
The Secret Garden Pack (2008) 8 copies, 2 reviews
The Ramayana (1996) 8 copies
The Good Wolf (1914) 8 copies, 1 review
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1987) 7 copies
Le jardin secret (2010) 6 copies
Queen Silver-Bell (2010) 6 copies
Lodusky (2011) 6 copies
A Little Princess [1917 film] — Author — 5 copies
Un matrimonio inglese (2010) 5 copies
The Children's Book (1909) 5 copies, 1 review
The Secret Garden — Author — 3 copies
World of Fun and Story (1915) 2 copies
Surly Tim, and Seth (Dodo Press) (2007) 2 copies, 1 review
A Princesinha (2019) — Author — 2 copies
KUCUK PRENSES 1 copy, 1 review
KUCUK LORD 1 copy, 1 review
A Little Princess [abridged - O’Brien] (2017) — Author — 1 copy
CD: Prinzessin Sara (2013) 1 copy
Повести (1992) 1 copy
The secret garden (1997) 1 copy
Gratitude 1 copy
How Fauntleroy Occurred 1 copy, 1 review

Associated Works

The Fireside Book of Christmas Stories (1945) — Contributor — 288 copies, 3 reviews
The Secret Garden (1995) — Based on the Original Work by — 245 copies, 1 review
The Little Princess [1939 film] (1939) — Original book — 228 copies, 3 reviews
A Little Princess (Oxford Bookworms Library) (1986) 209 copies, 100 reviews
Granny's Wonderful Chair and Its Tales of Fairy Times (1856) — Introduction, some editions — 183 copies, 3 reviews
A Little Princess [and] The Secret Garden [Double Feature Video] (1995) — Original books — 138 copies, 3 reviews
The Secret Garden: The Musical (1992) — Original story — 103 copies, 1 review
The Secret Garden [adapted - Cristaldi] (1993) — Original Author — 96 copies
The Secret Garden [adapted, from the film screenplay] (1993) — Original author — 95 copies
Queens of the Abyss: Lost Stories from the Women of the Weird (2020) — Contributor — 85 copies, 2 reviews
A Little Princess [film novelization -- Diane Molleson] (1995) — Original Book — 60 copies
The Secret Garden (Radio Theatre) (2000) — Original story — 58 copies
The Faber Book of Gardens (2007) — Contributor — 45 copies, 2 reviews
Our Haunted Shores: Tales from the Coasts of the British Isles (2022) — Contributor — 41 copies, 1 review
Six Novels of the Supernatural (1944) — Contributor — 39 copies, 1 review
A Little Princess [1986 TV mini series] (2009) — Original book — 23 copies
The Secret Garden: Original 1991 Broadway Cast Recording (2011) — Original story — 20 copies
Back To The Secret Garden [2001 film] (2001) — Original book — 18 copies
The Secret Garden [1949 film] (1991) — Original book — 10 copies, 1 review
Library of Southern Literature, Vol. II: Boyle-Clarke (1909) — Contributor — 5 copies
Victorian Tales for Girls (1947) — Contributor — 2 copies
The Secret Garden [1994 animated film] (1994) — Original book — 1 copy

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Reviews

Magical! I loved how the characters unfolded and the themes were beautiful!
 
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LaPhenix | 557 other reviews | Jul 8, 2024 |
I may have a new favorite pastime…listening to the books of my childhood! First it was Anne of Green Gables and not The Secret Garden and my heart is just overflowing. It was amazing even though I grew up on the 1987 movie which I absolutely loved too
 
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snewell2 | 557 other reviews | Jun 24, 2024 |
Shayla: loved this book! It's a quick read and really cute!
 
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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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