An enchanting story of transformation and compassion, Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden" is widely considered to be one of the most important works of children's literature. After her parents die of cholera, Mary Lennox, a difficult and sickly little girl, is brought from India to her mysterious uncle's sprawling estate on the Yorkshire moors. Mary continues in her self-absorbed ways until one day she discovers a hidden and neglected garden adjoining her uncle's mansion. When she meets Ben Weatherstaff, a curt but gentle gardener, and discovers her hidden-away invalid cousin, Colin Craven, the three come together to tend the garden, and Mary's life as well as the lives of those around her begins to change in unforeseen ways.
This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the first American edition published in 1911.
About the Author
Frances Hodgson Burnett was a born storyteller. Even as a young child, her greatest pleasure was in making up stories and acting them out, using her dolls as characters. She wrote over forty books, including the classic A Little Princess, also illustrated by Tasha Tudor.
Alice Sebold is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novelsThe Lovely Bones, The Almost Moon, andLucky, a memoir. She won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2002 and the ABA Book of the Year Award in 2003, both for The Lovely Bones. The book was also made into a movie starring Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, and Saoirse Ronan.She is a graduate of Syracuse University, the University of Houston, and the University of California, Irvine. Sebold lives in California with her husband, the novelist Glen David Gold.
“It is only the exceptional author who can write a book about children with sufficient skill, charm, simplicity, and significance to make it acceptable to both young and old. Mrs. Burnett is one of the few thus gifted.”—The New York Times