This book is a collection of articles about the life and work of Frances Hodgson Burnett. The broad range of subjects and the varied backgrounds of the contributing authors are a tribute to Burnett's wide and international appeal. The book includes articles by three Burnett biographers, criticism of Burnett's works, and literary and social analysis of her books by scholars from several countries. These range from Pulitzer Prize winner Alison Lurie to new scholars who are being published here for the first time. The articles range from essays to transcripts of interviews and speeches and a filmography. The book presents new research on films and plays based on Burnett books. The primary organization of the essays is chronological, but the book is also arranged to reflect the structure of the 'Frances Hodgson Burnett: Beyond the Secret Garden Conference,' held at California State University, Fresno, April 25-27, 2003.
Angelica Shirley Carpenter is the founding curator of the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature at California State University, Fresno, the author of four biographies for young people, and president of the International Wizard of Oz Club.
Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Introduction Chapter 4 Not Just for Children: The Life and Legacy of Frances Hodgson Burnett Chapter 5 A Biographer Looks Back Chapter 6 Rereading Little Lord Fauntleroy: Deconstructing the Innocent Child Chapter 7 The Changing Mothering Roles in Little Lord Fauntleroy, A Little Princess, and The Secret Garden Chapter 8 Rats in Black Holes and Corners: An Examination of Frances Hodgson Burnett's Portrayal of the Urban Poor Chapter 9 The Making of a Machioness Chapter 10 Lady of the Manor Chapter 11 "A Delicate Invisible Hand": Frances Hodgson Burnett's Contributions to Theatre for Youth Chapter 12 The Film Adaptations of Frances Hodgson Burnett's Stories Chapter 13 Snugness: the Robin in Its Nest Chapter 14 Cultural Work: The Critical and Commercial Reception of The Secret Garden, 1911-2004 Chapter 15 Painting the Garden: Noel Streatfeild, the Garden as Restorative, and Pre-1950 Dramatizations of The Secret Garden Chapter 16 Dreams, Imaginations, and Shattered Illusions: Overlooked Realism in Carol Wiseman's FIlm Adaptation of Burnett's A Little Princess Chapter 17 Discovering the Fiction of Frances Hodgson Burnett Chapter 18 The Frances Hodgson Burnett Online Discussion Group: A Modern History Chapter 19 Keeper of the Keys Part 20 A Filmography of Motion Picture Adaptations of Frances Hodgson Burnett's Stories Part 21 Index Part 22 About the Editor and Contributors