The Annotated Secret Garden
written by Francis Hodgson Burnett
W. W. Norton and Company | ISBN 9780393060294
Hardback – 384 pages
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Frances Hodgson Burnett was famous in her time for her adult novels and her forays into children's literature with "Little Lord Fauntleroy" and "A Little Princess". "The Secret Garden", her story of an orphan girl who moves from India to the Yorkshire countryside, has become a favourite book of every generation thereafter. Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, the author of the definitive biography of Burnett, brings out aspects of Burnett's life that led her to write the book, details of Victorian England, attitudes towards children and Burnett's spiritual leanings. Gerzina captures the magical nature of the tale and the coming together of three children through restoring a hidden garden. With over one hundred illustrations, many in vibrant colour, "The Annotated Secret Garden" is an enchanting gift for any child or for any adult who is still a feisty child underneath.