Frances Hodgson Burnett, writer of classics
The first in a series of posts on the background of all for One’s The Secret Garden, which opens April 20, 2018. For tickets, call (260) 422-4226.
Who was the woman who gave the world two of its most beloved children’s classics? She was not perhaps quite what you might have expected.
- Her books were all set in the British Isles, but she left England as a teen and did not return for some years. In fact, the last years of her life were spent on Long Island, where she is buried.
- She wrote famously of little girls, but she bore only sons.
- Her books focus on comfortably wealthy families, but she experienced a “riches to rags” life and only regained financial stability by long years of perseverance as a writer.
- Her stories are full of lively and optimistic characters, but she suffered from depression on and off throughout her life.