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Secret Garden

An unhappy orphaned girl is transformed by the redeeming power of nature into an unselfish child who transforms the lives of others in Burnett's classic children's story. This edition explores the relationship between the book and other literary genres and historical influences, and includes the companion-piece, 'My Robin'.
Secret Garden
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An orphaned girl, a grim moorland manor with hundreds of empty rooms, strange cries in the night, and a walled garden, with its door locked and the key buried. These are the ingredients of one of the most famous and well-loved of children's classics, an inspiring story of regeneration and salvation that gently subverted the conventions of a century of romantic and gothic fiction for girls. Marking the one hundredth anniversary of the publication of The Secret Garden, this new edition of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic tale of redemption and renewal features a fascinating introduction by Peter Hunt that explores the relationship between the book and the 19th-century genres of girls' stories, romances, the gothic, and the sensational, and examines the book's symbolic undercurrents. The book includes new explanatory notes that point out literary parallels and manuscript changes as well as glossing historical allusions and meanings, an up-to-date bibliography, a new chronology, and Burnett's essay "My Robin," a companion piece to the book.
Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was an Anglo-American playwright and author. She is best known for her children's stories, in particular The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and Little Lord Fauntleroy.
a jolly good, heart-warming classic. The Daily Mail
'It was the garden that did it - and Mary and Dickon and the creatures - and the Magic.' An orphaned girl, a grim moorland manor with hundreds of empty rooms, strange cries in the night, a walled garden, with its door locked and the key buried - and a boy who talks to animals. These are the ingredients of one of the most famous and well-loved of children's classics. Through her discovery of the secret garden, Mary Lennox is
gradually transformed from a spoilt and unhappy child into a healthy, unselfish girl who in turn redeems her neglected cousin and his gloomy, Byronic father. Frances Hodgson Burnett's inspiring story of regeneration
and salvation gently subverted the conventions of a century of romantic and gothic fiction for girls. After a hundred years, The Secret Garden's critique of empire and of attitudes to childhood and gender, and its advocacy of a holistic approach to health remains remarkably contemporary and relevant. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable
volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the
text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
A new edition of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic tale of redemption and renewal that continues to speak to modern readers 100 years after it first appeared.
Includes a fascinating introduction on the relationship between the book and the 19th-century genres of girls' stories, romances, the gothic, and the sensational, and examines the book's symbolic undercurrents.
The notes point out literary parallels and manuscript changes as well as glossing historical allusions and meanings.
Includes Burnett's essay, the companion-piece 'My Robin'.
Author
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Series
Oxford World's Classics
Year
2011
ISBN-10
0199588228
ISBN-13
9780199588220
Format
Paperback
Edition Description
New
Language
English
Media
Book
Pages
288
Publication Date
2011-03-10
Short Title
SECRET GARDEN
DEWEY
FIC
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Place of Publication
Oxford
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edited by
Peter Hunt
Birth
1849, 1945
Death
1924
Residence
Manchester, ENK
Audience
General/Trade
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