Saturday, November 26, 2011

"Secret Garden" centenary

Illustration by Tasha Tudor
Frances Hodgson Burnett, who was born on November 24 in 1849, is most famed for The Secret Garden, which turns 100 this year. She emigrated from Manchester, England, to rural Tennessee and began writing—as did so many women authors—to help support her family. She published more than 50 novels and umpteen magazine stories, becoming the highest-paid female author of her time.
The classic Hollywood version of 1949 from MGM starred the ever-reliable Margaret O'Brien. The reverse of The Wizard of Oz, it was predominantly in black-and-white, with the sequences set in the restored garden filmed in Technicolor. Did you read the book as a child? If so, you'll be intrigued by our annotated edition.
Cover of the first edition.
Penguin edition, 1958.

Illustration by Charles Robinson.

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