The Making of a Marchioness

The Making of a Marchioness

By Frances Hodgson Burnett; Gretchen Gerzina (Afterword by); Isabel Raphael (Preface by)

Persephone Books, Paperback, 9781906462123, 308pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2009


Little Lord Fauntleroy and The Secret Garden are bestsellers, but the lesser-known adult novel The Making of a Marchioness remains a much-loved favorite among many. Unjustly out of print for years, this neglected classic deserves its place alongside Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre.

Part one, the original Marchioness, is in the Cinderella tradition, while part two, called The Methods of Lady Walderhurst, is an absorbing melodrama—a realistic commentary on late-Victorian marriage.

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849–1924) grew up in Manchester. In 1886, Little Lord Fauntleroy was a huge popular success; from then on Burnett wrote for both children and adults.

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.