Burnett, Frances Eliza Hodgson (bərnĕtˈ) [key], 1849–1924, American author, b. Manchester, England. In 1865 she went to Knoxville, Tenn., with her family. She wrote several adult novels, but is famous for her children's books, particularly Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886; successfully dramatized by the author in 1888), Sara Crewe (1888), and the extremely popular The Secret Garden (1911), generally viewed as one of the most influential books in children's literature.
See biographies by A. Thwaite (1974) and G. H. Gerzina (2004).
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