Jessica Mann

The Secret Gardener

Frances Hodgson Burnett

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FRANCES HODGSON BURNETT certainly expected to be remembered as a famous author, but she would have been astonished and aggrieved to discover that her reputation rests on a few children’s books. She was, in fact, a prolific, popular writer of adult novels about unhappy marriages, infidelity and illegitimacy. The malign workings of the class system are an underlying theme in nearly all the books’, for humiliating childhood memories of becoming déclassée were engraved on Burnett’s heart.

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