In the Garden: Essays in Honor of Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Angelica Shirley Carpenter
Scarecrow Press, 2006 - Literary Collections - 261 pages
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Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and Little Lord Fauntleroy, was one of the most successful and controversial women of her time. Burnett's flamboyant persona and unconventional lifestyle made her a contentious figure in Victorian society, and for generations after her death, her own family refused to acknowledge her. Burnett is best known for her children's literature, but she began her career as a bestselling adult novelist. The themes of Burnett's adult novels were often serious: working women, abusive marriages, and single motherhood, and for many years these novels have been overshadowed by the fame of her children's books. Recently, however, scholars have rediscovered these works and have begun to study and write about them. In 2003 at California State University, Fresno, Angelica Carpenter convened the first conference ever held about this famous author. Scholars, fans, and collectors gathered to contribute to the knowledge on the author and to discuss her accomplishments. The talks ranged from scholarly to conversational, covering Burnett's books for both children and adults, the plays and movies that were made from them, the books they inspired, and the way in which the author's life was reflected in her fiction. In the Garden: Essays in Honor of Frances Hodgson Burnett recreates many of the conference talks, as well as other essays offering practical advice for collectors and the first interview ever published with Burnett's great-granddaughter, who inherited the family archive.
 

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Contents

Not Just for Children The Life and Legacy of Frances Hodgson Burnett
1
A Biographer Looks Back
17
Rereading Little Lord Fauntleroy Deconstructing the Innocent Child
33
The Changing Mothering Roles in Little Lord Fauntleroy A Little Princess and The Secret Garden
51
Rats in Black Holes and Corners An Examination of Frances Hodgson Burnetts Portrayal of the Urban Poor
67
The Making of a Marchioness
79
Lady of the Manor
93
A Delicate Invisible Hand Frances Hodgson Burnetts Contributions to Theatre for Youth
113
Cultural Work The Critical and Commercial Reception of The Secret Garden 19112004
153
Painting the Garden Noel Streatfeild the Garden as Restorative and Pre1950 Dramatizations of The Secret Garden
169
Dreams Imaginations and Shattered Illusions Overlooked Realism in Carol Wisemans Film Adaptation of Burnetts A Little Princess
189
Discovering the Fiction of Frances Hodgson Burnett
205
The Frances Hodgson Burnett Online Discussion Group A Modern History
217
Keeper of the Keys
223
A Filmography of Motion Picture Adaptations of Frances Hodgson Burnetts Stories
231
Index
243

The Film Adaptations of Frances Hodgson Burnetts Stories
131
Snugness The Robin in Its Nest
147
About the Editor and Contributors
257
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About the author (2006)

Angelica Shirley Carpenter is the founding curator of the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature at California State University, Fresno, the author of four biographies for young people, and president of the International Wizard of Oz Club.

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