This is the first conference ever to be held on the life and works of Frances Hodgson Burnett and it is attracting international interest. Two dozen speakers will come from England (Ann Thwaite, author of waiting for the party), Ireland (Carole Dunbar), Australia, Japan, and all over the U.S. Featured speakers will include Burnett's great-granddaughter Penny Deupree, Pulitzer Prize winner Alison Lurie, and Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, whose new biography of Burnett will soon be published. Burnett is best known as the author of classic children's books, The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and Little Lord Fauntleroy. Now her adult novels, with themes like abusive marriages and the interaction of cultures, are attracting new critical attention. Her adult novel, The Making of a Marchioness, has just be republished in England, with an Afterword by Gerzina. Burnett's friends were the famous authors and playwrights of her day; she was romantically linked with many handsome, younger men, and married one of these for her second husband.
Angelica Carpenter, Curator
Arne Nixon Ctr for the Study of Children's Lit.
California State University, Fresno
3200 N. Barton Ave. M/S ML 34
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