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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 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) — biography from The Secret Garden… (more)
The Secret Garden 32,465 copies, 535 reviews
A Little Princess 14,666 copies, 210 reviews
Little Lord Fauntleroy 2,957 copies, 43 reviews
The Lost Prince 679 copies, 16 reviews
Sara Crewe 513 copies, 7 reviews
The Making of a Marchioness 508 copies, 25 reviews
The Shuttle 425 copies, 22 reviews
The Racketty-Packetty House 264 copies, 6 reviews
The Making of a Marchioness 192 copies, 16 reviews
A Lady of Quality 153 copies, 7 reviews
T. Tembarom 106 copies, 2 reviews
The Land of the Blue Flower 100 copies, 2 reviews
That Lass o' Lowrie's 82 copies, 2 reviews
The Head of the House of Coombe 74 copies, 4 reviews
The White People 68 copies, 2 reviews
A Fair Barbarian 65 copies, 7 reviews
Robin 65 copies, 5 reviews
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In the Closed Room 43 copies, 4 reviews
My Robin 39 copies, 1 review
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How Fauntleroy Occurred 1 copy, 1 review
The Fireside Book of Christmas Stories (Contributor) 272 copies, 3 reviews
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The Little Princess [1939 film] (Original book) 197 copies, 3 reviews
Granny's Wonderful Chair and Its Tales of Fairy Times (Introduction, some editions) 176 copies, 3 reviews
The Secret Garden: The Musical (Original story) 95 copies, 1 review
The Secret Garden [adapted - Cristaldi] (Original Author) 89 copies
The Secret Garden (Radio Theatre) (Original story) 55 copies

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Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (24 November 1849 – 29 October 1924) was a British-American novelist and playwright.
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