By Ann Thwaite
Most folks have heard of "Little Lord Fauntlero"y, and of "The mystery Garden." but few humans notice that a similar girl wrote either books, 25 years aside, and used to be thought of, in addition to Henry James, one of many best writers in the United States at the power of the grownup novels which made her identify within the 1870s and Eighteen Eighties. Frances Hodgson Burnett's favorite topic in fiction was once the reversal of fortune, and he or she herself knew extremes of poverty and wealth. Born in Manchester in 1849, she emigrated along with her relations to Tennessee on the shut of the Civil battle. at the floor, her existence used to be tremendous winning. She performed the jobs of well-known author and Fairy Godmother with enthusiasm, yet happiness eluded her. She used to be continuously expecting the social gathering, however it went on in different rooms.
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Several of his letters from Paris in April 1874 refer to his difficulty in finishing the Hugo essay. He even begged The French Connection 27 Colvin to find him a cheap English translation of L’Homme Qui Rit [The Laughing Man] ‘so that I may finish this article while I’m in the vein . . I’m just a thought weary of V. Hugo just now’ (L1 503) – and this from the man who insisted that Dumas should read in the original French rather than any ‘blackguard travesty of a translation’ (T29 114–15). 6 The essay, which appeared unsigned in August 1874, was mistakenly attributed to Stephen himself by an anonymous critic in the Spectator, and, in a case of misplaced sycophancy which Stevenson later recounted with some merriment, was described as ‘masterly’ (S 14).
After the inevitable flânerie through the streets of Paris, they took a cab from the Pont des Arts to Lavenue’s restaurant in Montparnasse. After Louis had drunk a tumblerful of chartreuse or curaçoa in order to épater whatever bourgeois happened to be watching, they sauntered home via the Boulevard St. Michel, pausing at the famous Bal Bullier ‘which we surveyed philosophically, as prudent youths taking their pleasure otherwise, and having small interest in the riotous scenes enacted there’. 7 On the day after ‘the morning after’, having spent a day ‘in a gross slumber’, as Louis wrote to his mother, attributing his lethargy to the 28 Robert Louis Stevenson: A Literary Life journey rather than to the chartreuse (L2 126), the Stevenson cousins left Paris for Barbizon.
Despite Stevenson’s view that a travel book ‘where the journey is of a certain seriousness and can be named’ does not need to be ‘clever’, some of the contemporary reviewers did feel that Stevenson’s first book was trying a bit too hard. One reviewer commented: ‘The making of bricks without straw is weariness to the flesh, and this is what Mr Stevenson has essayed’, though he did concede that Stevenson wrote ‘pretty, rippling English’ (M 52–3). According to a more acerbic review: ‘Mr Stevenson, like the sailor’s famous parrot, has an unfathomable profundity of thought; and he has devoted most painstaking study to perverted ingenuities of expression.
Beyond the Secret Garden: The Life of Frances Hodgson Burnett by Ann Thwaite