Know Your History – 24th November – Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett born

know your history - writingOn this day… 24th November, 1849 – Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett born

Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (24 November 1849 – 29 October 1924) was an American-English writer of plays and prose fiction. She is best known for the three children’s novels Little Lord Fauntleroy (published in 1885–1886), A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1911).

On Writing

Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett began to write to earn money for her impoverished family. Frances wrote and wrote and wrote; many of her adult books were best-sellers. She lived a very nice lifestyle and would do anything for her two sons. She once called herself “a pen driving Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnettmachine.” In 1887 she travelled to England with her family and then to Florence where she wrote an early version of the novel that would become A Little Princess, then called Sara Crewe or What Happened at Miss Minchin’s.  She later bought an English mansion whose walled garden inspired The Secret Garden.

Did You Know?

After the death from consumption of her older son Lionel, Frances turned to Spiritualism and Christian Science.

The ideas she learned from these belief systems found their way into her books, especially The Secret Garden, in which Mary Lennox persuades her sick young cousin that he can heal himself though the power of positive thinking.

Note:- At the time of posting you can buy “The Collected Works of Frances Hodgson Burnett: 35 Books and Short Stories in One Volume” E-Book for £1.25 on Amazon.

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