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Secret Garden

ISBN-10: 0393926354
ISBN-13: 9780393926354
Edition: 2006
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Description: Frances Hodgson Burnett was the highest paid and most widely read woman writer of her time, publishing more than fifty novels and thirteen plays. Born in England and transplanted to New York toward the end of the Civil War, Burnett made her home in  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/23/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Frances Hodgson Burnett was the highest paid and most widely read woman writer of her time, publishing more than fifty novels and thirteen plays. Born in England and transplanted to New York toward the end of the Civil War, Burnett made her home in both countries, and today both countries claim her as their own. The Secret Garden, her best-known work, became an instant modern classic and world-wide bestseller upon its publication in 1911. The text of this Norton Critical Edition is based on the first edition and is accompanied by explanatory annotations. "Backgrounds and Contexts" and "Letters" illuminate important aspects of Burnett's life and work and include her own writings on gardens and their spiritual healing. Four illustrations point to Burnett's prominence in popular culture. "Criticism" includes fourteen contemporary reviews and nine recent critical views of The Secret Garden, including Jerry Phillips's sociopolitical interpretation and Phyllis Bixler's comparative analysis of the Broadway musical adaptation of the novel. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included. About the Series: No other series of classic texts equals the caliber of the Norton Critical Editions. Each volume combines the most authoritative text available with the comprehensive pedagogical apparatus necessary to appreciate the work fully. Careful editing, first-rate translation, and thorough explanatory annotations allow each text to meet the highest literary standards while remaining accessible to students. Each edition is printed on acid-free paper and every text in the series remains in print. Norton Critical Editions are the choice for excellence in scholarship for students at more than 2,000 universities worldwide.

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.

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Text of The Secret Garden
Facsimile of the opening page of The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden
Illustrations
First episode of The Secret Garden (October 1910)
Frances Hodgson Burnett (December 17, 1881)
Frances Hodgson Burnett (Caricature) (1906?)
Backgrounds and Contexts
[The End of an Era]
Digging in the Garden: The Manuscript of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
My Robin
In the Garden
Letters
Vivian Burnett to Frances Hodgson Burnett (April 10, 1911)
Frances Hodgson Burnett to Vivian Burnett (April 16, 1911)
Frances Hodgson Burnett to Vivian Burnett (April 20, 1910)
Frances Hodgson Burnett to Vivian Burnett (April 1911)
Frances Hodgson Burnett to Elizabeth Jordan (no date)
From A Far, Fair Country
Burnett in the Press
Frances Hodgson Burnett (1881)
Authors at Work-III (1889)
The Boston Mind Cure (1885)
The Lounger (no date)
Mrs. Burnett Protests (1889)
Mrs. Burnett's Timely Protest (1889)
Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett at Home: A Visit to Maytham Hall, Rolvenden, Kent (1902)
Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett Finds a New Field for Her Pen (1906)
Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Authoress of "Little Lord Fauntleroy"-Has Something to Say about Children and Children's Books (1907)
[Untitled] (1907)
A New Thought Mixed with Fantasy Is Served in Guise of Melodrama (1909)
Mrs. Burnett Not a Christian Scientist (1909)
'There Is No Devil,' Asserts Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett (1910)
Social Sets of Other Cities (1910)
Mrs. Burnett and the Occult (1913)
The Magic in Children's Books (1920)
Criticism
Reviews and Mentions of the Secret Garden
From New York Literary Notes (1911)
What Was Hid In a Garden (1911)
The New Books (1911)
From A Guide to New Books (1911)
From The Way of Letters (1911)
Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden" (1911)
The Secret Garden. By Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)
From Reviews of New Books. Fifty of the Season's Best Books for Children (1911)
One Hundred Christmas Books (1911)
From The Nation (1911)
From American Monthly Magazine (1911)
From The Bookman, Christmas 1911
From Among the Authors (1912)
From The Way of Letters (1912)
From Among the Authors (1913)
Modern Critical Views of the Secret Garden
The Critical and Commercial Reception of The Secret Garden, 1911-2004
Gardens, Houses, and Nurturant Power in The Secret Garden
Secrets and Healing Magic in "The Secret Garden"
Digging Up The Secret Garden: Noble Innocents or Little Savages?
Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden
The Mem Sahib, the Worthy, the Rajah and His Minions: Some Reflections of the Class Politics of The Secret Garden
Influenced by the Secret Garden
Strip Mines in the Garden: Old Stories, New Formats, and the Challenge of Change
Noel Streatfeild's Secret Gardens
The Secret Garden "Misread": The Broadway Musical as Creative Interpretation
Frances Hodgson Burnett: A Chronology
Selected Bibliography

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