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Frances Hodgson Burnett

Born: Manchester, United Kingdom

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924), was an Anglo-American writer who is best known for the children's books Little Lord Fauntleroy and The Secret Garden.

Frances Eliza Hodgson was born in Manchester, England, on Nov. 24, 1849, and in 1865 emigrated with her family to Tennessee, where she lived near Knoxville until her marriage to Dr. S. M. Burnett in 1873. Between the ages of 16 and 20 she wrote stories under her family name, Hodgson, for magazines including Godey's Lady's Book and Scribner's. Her first success was That Lass o' Lowries (1877), a novel based on the colliery life she had known in England. She wrote many novels, but it is her books for children that brought her fame. Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886) set a fashion in clothes for boys.

Burnett died in Plandome, N.Y., on Oct. 29, 1924.