Frances Hodgson Burnett entry: Overview screen.
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Writing during the latter half of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth, equally at home with both Britain and the USA, with their respective book trades and publishing practices, Frances Hodgson Burnett began with magazine serials, then industrial novels, romance novels, and historical novels. She is best-remembered for her children's books, between which and her adult fiction the line is blurred rather than distinct. Both a highly professional and a popular writer, she is a remarkably astute commentator on the national characteristics of England and the United States. Her character-drawing (snobs, faithful servants, unspoilt children) is just stereotypical enough for instant appeal, while retaining a surprising capacity for original insight.
24 November 1849 Frances Eliza Hodgson (later FHB) was born at what is now 358 Cheetham Hill Road in Manchester, the third child and first girl in a family of five. Bibliographic Citation link.
November 1885 Little Lord Fauntleroy (for many years FHB's most famous work) began to appear serially in the children's magazine Saint Nicholas; it came out in volume form in the USA and in England in 1886. Bibliographic Citation link.
November 1910 FHB's The Secret Garden began serialization in the new American Magazine (the first instance, she said, of a story for children appearing in a periodical for adults). Bibliographic Citation link.
29 October 1924 FHB died at her home, Plandome at Manhasset on Long Island, of apparently unrecognised colon cancer, which had been spoken of for years merely as severe digestive problems. Bibliographic Citation link.
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