Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was first published in monthly instalments in The American Magazine from October 1910, and then as a book by Frederick A. Stokes in New York (as an edition without illustrations), and by Heinemann in London in 1911, with illustrations by Charles Robinson.

The status of The Secret Garden has changed over the years. The novel was not mentioned at all in Burnett’s obituary in The Times in 1924 but can be considered as her most famous and popular story today. The memorial for Frances Hodgson Burnett in New York Central Park, installed in April 1937, depicts Mary Lennox and Dickon Sowerby (Gerzina ix).

The title originally given to the …

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Zirker, Angelika. "The Secret Garden". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 April 2009
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]

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