A Little Princess

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Penguin, 2002 - Fiction - 242 pages
Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this resourceful girl's fortunes change again is at the center of A Little Princess, one of the best-loved stories in all of children's literature.

This unique and fully annotated edition appends excerpts from Frances Hodgson Burnett's original 1888 novella Sara Crewe and the stage play that preceded the novel, as well as an early story, "Behind the White Brick," allowing readers to see how A Little Princess evolved. In his delightful introduction, U. C. Knoepflmacher considers the fairy-tale allusions and literary touchstones that place the book among the major works of Victorian literature, and shows it to be an exceptionally rich and resonant novel.
 

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Seven year old Sara Crewe lives with her dad in India and is his pride and joy. Her father is rich and she is never exposed to any other life. As with other children, however, she must go to school in ... Read full review

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I love love love this story! Such a beautiful tale of a young girl! Of course, the fatherdaughter relationship made me sob in parts, but I loved it! So beautiful, pretty and innocent! A little slow at times, but still amazing! Read full review

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Contents

There Is No One Left
3
Mistress Mary Quite Contrary
9
Across the Moor
18
Martha
23
The Cry in the Corridor
39
There Was Some One CryingThere Was
46
The Key of the Garden
53
The Robin Who Showed the Way
59
I Wont Said Mary
143
A Tantrum
151
Tha Munnot Waste No Time
158
It Has Come
165
I Shall Live Foreverand Everand Ever
176
Ben Weatherstaff
184
When the Sun Went Down
194
Magic
200

The Strangest House Any One Ever Lived In
67
Dickon
77
The Nest of the Missel Thrush
89
Might I Have a bit of Earth?
97
I Am Colin
106
A Young Rajah
119
Nest Building
131
Let Them Laugh
212
The Curtain
224
Its Mother
231
In the Garden
241
Explanatory Notes
257
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Frances Hodgson Burnett lived from 1849 to 1924. She was born in Manchester and lived in great poverty after the death of her father in 1853. She escaped the horror of her surroundings by writing stories and often returned to a rags-to-riches or a riches-to-rags theme. In 1865 her family accepted a relative's invitation to emigrate to America. They were still poor but the wide open spaces of Tennesssee were better than the slums of Manchester. Frances had to earn money so began writing short pieces for American magazines. In 1873 she married Dr Swan Burnett, and it was under her married name that she became a world-famous children's writer.

Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote over forty books; the two that are best-known today are The Secret Garden and Little Lord Fauntleroy. In later life she became rather eccentric, turned to spiritualism and mystic cults and took to wearing frilly clothes and titian-coloured wigs – this earned her the nickname 'Fluffy'.

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