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Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson BurnettAKA Frances Eliza Hodgson

Born: 24-Nov-1849
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Died: 29-Oct-1924
Location of death: Plandome, Long Island, NY
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Roslyn Cemetery, Roslyn, NY

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Novelist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Little Lord Fauntleroy

British-born author of romance novels and children's books. Best known for The Secret Garden, Little Lord Fauntleroy and A Little Princess. She grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, and married Dr. L. M. Burnett of Washington D.C. in 1873. Their son died of consumption in 1890. She divorced Burnett in 1898, a large scandal at the time. Famous in her own lifetime, she was often criticized in the press for working, being away from her husband, and the way she raised her son. She married Stephen Townsend in 1900, and divorced him in 1902. She died of heart failure in 1924.

In 1936 a memorial sculpture by Bessie Potter Vonnoh was erected in her honor in Central Park's Conservatory Garden. The statue depicts Secret Garden characters Mary and Dickon.

Son: Lionel (b. 1874, d. age fifteen of influenza)
Son: Vivian (b. 1876)
Father: (silversmith, d. before she was four years old)
Husband: Swan Burnett (m. 19-Sep-1873, div. 1898)
Husband: Stephen Townsend (m. Feb-1900, d. Sep-1902)

    Naturalized US Citizen 1905

Author of books:
Hearts and Diamonds (1868)
Dorothea (1873)
That Lass O'Lowries (1876, novel)
Miss Crespigny (1878)
The Plain Miss Burnie (1880)
Editha's Burglar (1881)
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1885, novel)
Sara Crewe (1887, novel, juvenile)
The Secret Garden (1909, novel, juvenile)
The Shuttle (1906)
Racketty-Packetty House (1906)
The White People (1920)
The Lost Prince (1914)

Wrote plays:
A Lady of Quality (1896)
A Little Princess (1905)

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