The Secret Garden – Discover the key and enter

author : Frances Hodgson Burnett
illustrator : Maria Louise Kirk (signed as M. L. Kirk)
first published in 1911
publisher : Frederick A. Stokes, US

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An abandoned garden and a lonely child, find each other

It is one of Burnett’s most popular novels, and considered a classic of English children’s literature.
Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote to her English publisher in October 1910:

“With regard to The Secret Garden, do you realize that it is not a novel, but a child’s story though it is gravely beginning life as an important illustrated serial in a magazine for adults. . . . It is an innocent thriller of a story to which grown ups listen spell-bound to my keen delight.”


Mary Lennox starts out as a spoiled, self-centred child. An outbreak of cholera devastates the Lennox household, leaving, no one alive but herself. She is sent to live with her uncle in a huge, old Manor. Shortly after arriving, Mary hears about a secret garden. She strongly wishes to find it and she does. And when she opens the door…

It seemed scarcely bearable such delightfulness

Mary finds her cousin Colin

Dickon came in smiling

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow






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