The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden Cover

The Secret Garden

By Frances Hodgson Burnett; Sandra M. Gilbert (Afterword by)

Signet Classics, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780451528834, 288pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2003

Description
Opening the door into the innermost places of the heart, "The Secret Garden"is a timeless classic that has left generations of readers with warm, lifelong memories of its magical charms.
"When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen "
So begins the famous opening of one of the world's best-loved children's stories. First published in 1911, this is the poignant tale of a lonely little girl, orphaned and sent to a Yorkshire mansion at the edge of a vast lonely moor. At first, she is frightened by this gloomy place, but with the help of the local boy Dickon, who earns the trust of the moor's wild animals with his honesty and love, the invalid Colin, a spoiled, unhappy boy terrified of life, and a mysterious, abandoned garden, Mary is eventually overcome by the mystery of life itself its birth and renewal, its love and joy.
With an Afterword by Sandra M. Gilbert.


About the Author
Frances Hodgson Burnett was a born storyteller. Even as a young child, her greatest pleasure was in making up stories and acting them out, using her dolls as characters. She wrote over forty books, including the classic A Little Princess, also illustrated by Tasha Tudor.

Sandra M. Gilbert has published numerous volumes of criticismas well as collections of poetry and a memoir. She is coeditor (with Susan Gubar) of The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women and a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle s Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. A Distinguished Professor of English emerita at the University of California, Davis, she lives in Berkeley, California.