Biography of Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett was an English-American author. She was born in Manchester, England in 1849 and moved with her family to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1864. From an early age, Burnett was inclined to writing. As her family lived in poor conditions, due to the economic effects of the Civil War, Burnett often made due with writing on the back of grocery lists. She married her childhood friend, Swan Burnett, in 1873, with whom she had two sons.

Burnett would spend her life penning many plays, stories, and novels, often centered around rags-to-riches themes. She published her first novel, That Lass o' Lowrie's, in 1877 to much critical acclaim. When Burnett lost her son to tuberculosis in 1890, the tragedy inspired the writer to take interest in spiritual science and healing powers. These new beliefs are evident in some of her best-known novels such The Little Princess (1905) and The Secret Garden (1909).

Burnett moved between England and the United States, eventually settling in New York, where she passed away in 1924. Since her death, several of the author's stories have been adapted into films, including The Secret Garden and Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886).


Study Guides on Works by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess is a children’s novel written by famous English writer Frances Eliza Burnett. The talent of the writer showed itself yet when she was a girl and under different pen names some of her works appeared in magazines. She earned the...