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Happy Birthday, Frances Hodgson Burnett!

A Secret Garden, illustration by Inga Moore
A Secret Garden, illustration by Inga Moore

Growing up in the Victorian era, Burnett (like most young girls) was discouraged from literary pursuits. But Burnett persisted, writing in secret on the backs of grocery lists. She published her first story in 1868 and went on to enjoy a successful career as a playwright and novelist. Her combination of realism and romance make for compelling tales that stand the test of time.

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