Item description for Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett...
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1885, 1886) by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a beloved children's novel that made a huge impact on the 19th century public, shaping everything from boys' clothing fashions to copyright law.
Cedric Errol is a generous, kind, and exemplary middle-class American boy who is suddenly found to be the heir of the Earl of Dorincourt. Saying loving goodbyes to his working-class friends, Cedric goes to England together with his mother to embrace his new fortune. His grandfather, the old earl, is a bitter old man ridden with gout and a foul temper, trusting no one. However the angelic boy elicits a profound transformation in the grandfather, which not only benefits the castle household but the whole populace of the earldom.
If only the old man's heart would soften toward Cedric's estranged mother, the family would be healed at last. And when another potential heir to the earldom makes a claim, it seems that everything is lost....
But all things are possible through a child's innocent trust, true friendship, and unconditional love.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Oct 18, 2006
Publisher Norilana Books
ISBN 1934169234 ISBN13 9781934169230
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More About Frances Hodgson Burnett
Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (24 November 1849 – 29 October 1924) was an English-American playwright and author. She is best known for her children's stories, in particular Little Lord Fauntleroy (published in 1885-6), A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1911).
Frances Eliza Hodgson was born in Cheetham, near Manchester, England. After her father died in 1852, the family eventually fell on straitened circumstances and in 1865 emigrated to the United States, settling near Knoxville, Tennessee. There, Frances began writing to help earn money for the family, publishing stories in magazines from the age of 19. In 1870 her mother died and in 1872 she married Swan Burnett, who became a medical doctor after which they lived in Paris for two years where their two sons were born before returning to the US to live in Washington D.C. There she began to write novels, the first of which (That Lass o' Lowries), was published to good reviews. Little Lord Fauntleroy was published in 1886 and made her a popular writer of children's fiction, although her romantic adult novels written in the 1890s were also popular. She wrote and helped to produce stage versions of Little Lord Fauntleroy and A Little Princess.
Burnett enjoyed socializing and lived a lavish lifestyle. Beginning in the 1880s, she began to travel to England frequently and bought a home there in the 1890s where she wrote The Secret Garden. Her oldest son, Lionel, died of tuberculosis in 1892, which caused a relapse of the depression she struggled with for much of her life. She divorced Swan Burnett in 1898 and married Stephen Townsend in 1900, and divorced him in 1902. Towards the end of her life she settled in Long Island, where she died in 1924 and is buried in Roslyn Cemetery, on Long Island.
In 1936 a memorial sculpture by Bessie Potter Vonnoh was erected in her honour in Central Park's Conservatory Garden. The statue depicts her two famous Secret Garden characters, Mary and Dickon.
Frances Hodgson Burnett lived in Manchester. Frances Hodgson Burnett was born in 1849 and died in 1924.
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Little Lord Fauntleroy Jul 2, 2008
I ordered this audio CD because I like childrens' classic literature and because I like to listen to audio books while on trips. When this audio CD arrived I was disappointed because on the cover it said MP3 CD. I do not have an MP3 player and have not been able to listen to the CD in the car like I planned. This product was advertised as an audiobook without mention of MP3 on your website.
A bit dated with time May 30, 2008
Little Lord Fauntleroy is the fable of a young boy (Cedric) who is nothing short of saintly. His arrival in England as a new lord replacing his grandfather casts off the contrast of dark and light. The Earl is nothing short of a brute. Cedric is a saint. Cedric's charm, handsome looks and demeanor evolve the Uncle into a saint himself. That's the story. There really isn't a plot or some great cause and effect drama. The author's gift is the ability to tell a fable -- good can conquer evil. The problem with Little Lord Fauntleroy is of course it's dated. Since contemporary themes were inserted into the tale and contemporary characters were inserted (unlike Secret Garden or Little Princess) that really crunches teeth together. Were this book published today as-is civil rights groups would be up in arms and I wouldn't blame them. Francis doesn't have King's English speak and some of the characters speak with their accent making it hard to understand. Many have called the book sentimental and I didn't feel that. Too many stereotypes and too many shallow characters with not enough flavor made the book flat. On the positive end the language is richer than expected and I liked that insertion and even politics and class warfare get the light of day. Personally I liked the later reads better than this one.
Poor Printing Oct 25, 2007
The company's service was good, but the book itself was full of printing errors. A large speech was absent at the end, and I caught that only because I'd looked it up; the ending made no sense without it. There was also computer code on the pages here and there in the middle of text. I definitely don't recommend this publisher's version of the book.
Cheap print job Jul 9, 2007
This is an example of the difficulties of shopping online. I had read the book several years ago and wanted to give a volume as a gift. This printing is unacceptable - unpleasant font, cramped pages and flimsy binding. You will do better with the purchase of a used hardcover volume
A Gentle Story Jun 5, 2007
I have always loved "A Little Princess" and "The Secret Garden," but I had not even heard of this book until recently. It is the simple and gentle story of how a little boy's innocence and belief that everyone is good transforms his miserly and cruel grandfather into an admirable man. If you enjoy Burnett's other stories, this one is not to be missed.