Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1974)

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Frances Hodgson Burnett was born in Manchester, England, on November 24, 1849 as Francis Eliza Hodgson. After her father's death, the family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1865. Miss Hodgson began writing for magazines soon after. Her first short stories "Hearts and Diamonds" and "Miss Caruther's Engagement" were published in Godey's Lady's Book in 1868. In 1886 she published Little Lord Fauntleroy. Her children's books, including The Secret Garden and A Little Princess are what she is best known for today, but her romance novels were very popular during her lifetime. Frances married Dr. L. M. Burnett of Washington D.C. in 1873. In 1898 she divorced Dr. Burnett and married Mr. Stephen Townsend in 1900. This second marriage also came to an end in 1902. Frances became a US citizen in 1905. She died on October 29, 1924.

Bibliography

The Secret Garden
A Little Princess
Little Lord Fauntleroy
The Lost Prince