The Secret Garden is a children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett first published as a book in 1911, after a version was published as an American magazine serial beginning in 1910. Set in England, it is one of Burnett's most popular novels and is considered a classic of English children's literature. Several stage and film adaptations have been made.
The American edition was published by Stokes with illustrations by Maria Louise Kirk (signed as M. L. Kirk) and the British edition by Heinemann with illustrations by Charles Heath Robinson.
Chapter 1 – There Is No one Left
Chapter 2 – Mistress Mary Quite Contrary
Chapter 3 – Across The Moor
Chapter 4 – Martha
Chapter 5 – The Cry In The Corridor
Chapter 6 – There Was Someone Crying – There Was!
Chapter 7 – The Key To The Garden
Chapter 8 – The Robin Who Showed The Way
Chapter 9 – The Strangest House Anyone Ever Lived In
Chapter 10 – Dickon
Chapter 11 – The Nest Of The Missel Thrush
Chapter 12 – “Might I Have A Bit Of Earth?”
Chapter 13 – “I Am Colin”
Chapter 14 – A Young Rajah
Chapter 15 – Nest Building
Chapter 16 – “I Won't!” Said Mary
Chapter 17 – A Tantrum
Chapter 18 – “Tha' Munnot Waste No Time”
Chapter 19 – “It Has Come!”
Chapter 20 – “I Shall Live Forever – And Ever – And Ever!”
Chapter 21 – Ben Weatherstaff
Chapter 22 – When The Sun Went Down
Chapter 23 – Magic
Chapter 24 – “Let Them Laugh”
Chapter 25 – The Curtain
Chapter 26 – “It's Mother!”
Chapter 27 – In The Garden, Part 1
Chapter 27 – In The Garden, Part 2
Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (24 November 1849 – 29 October 1924) was a British-American novelist and playwright. 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).
Frances Eliza Hodgson was born in Cheetham, Manchester, England. After her father died in 1852, the family fell on straitened circumstances and in 1865 emigrated to the United States, settling in Jefferson City, Tennessee. There Frances began writing to help earn money for the family, publishing stories in magazines from the age of 19. In 1870, her mother died, and in 1872 Frances married Swan Burnett, who became a medical doctor. The Burnetts lived for two years in Paris, where their two sons were born, before returning to the United States to live in Washington, D.C. Burnett then began to write novels, the first of which (That Lass o' Lowrie's), was published to good reviews. Little Lord Fauntleroy was published in 1886 and made her a popular writer of children's fiction, although her romantic adult novels written in the 1890s were also popular. She wrote and helped to produce stage versions of Little Lord Fauntleroy and A Little Princess.
Burnett enjoyed socializing and lived a lavish lifestyle. Beginning in the 1880s, she began to travel to England frequently and in the 1890s bought a home there, where she wrote The Secret Garden. Her oldest son, Lionel, died of tuberculosis in 1890, which caused a relapse of the depression she had struggled with for much of her life. She divorced Swan Burnett in 1898, married Stephen Townsend in 1900, and divorced him in 1902. A few years later she settled in Nassau County, Long Island, where she died in 1924 and is buried in Roslyn Cemetery.
In 1936 a memorial sculpture by Bessie Potter Vonnoh was erected in her honour in Central Park's Conservatory Garden. The statue depicts her two famous Secret Garden characters, Mary and Dickon.
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