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Frances Hodgson Burnett Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0945

This collection includes five short letters written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. In them, she discusses photographs of her Washington house, requests a book of poems, agrees to be named as a patron of an upcoming reading, responds to a request for a book, and quotes a section from That Lass o' Lowrie's.

Dates

  • 1915 December 6, undated

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for research use. Readers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

This collection includes five short letters written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. In them, she discusses photographs of her Washington house, requests a book of poems, agrees to be named as a patron of an upcoming reading, responds to a request for a book, and quotes a section from That Lass o' Lowrie's.

Biographical/Historical Note

Frances Eliza Hodgson was born to Edwin and Eliza (Boond) Hodgson in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, England on November 24, 1845. Her father died in 1854 and her mother struggled to maintain her late husband's business until 1865, when her brother persuaded her to emigrate to Knoxville, Tennessee where he had established a prosperous dry goods store. Their first few years in America proved difficult, and Frances Hodgson began selling her short stories to earn money in 1868. Her output slowed in 1873, when she married ophthalmologist Swan Moses Burnett. The couple had two sons, Lionel (1874-1890) and Vivian (1876-1937), and moved to Washington, D.C. in 1877. Frances Burnett frequently traveled to associate with such literary personalities as Henry James and Israel Zangwill. The marriage ended in 1898, and Burnett remarried Steven Townsend in 1900. They divorced the following year. In order to support her increasingly lavish lifestyle, Frances Burnett wrote innumerable short stories and over twenty novels, including That Lass o' Lowrie's (1877), Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886), The Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1910). She settled in Long Island, New York in 1909 and divided her later years between New York and Bermuda, dying in Long Island on October 29, 1924.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased these letters in 1977 and 1988.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may also wish to consult:

  1. MS.1867: Frances Hodgson Burnett Letter, 1908 April 1
  2. MS.2263: Frances Hodgson Burnett Letter, 1893 February 25
  3. MS.2264: Frances Hodgson Burnett Letter, 1919 December 10
  4. MS.2265: Frances Hodgson Burnett Note, undated
  5. MS.2266: Frances Hodgson Burnett Manuscript, undated

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480