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Book Title: In the Closed Room|
The author of the book: Frances Hodgson Burnett
ISBN 13: 9781846372612
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 939 KB
Edition: Echo Library
Date of issue: January 2nd 2006
Read full description of the books In the Closed Room:I enjoyed this short gothic ghost story...for children? I can't quite figure out who is the intended audience. Older versions have art by Bessie Wilcox Smith, lending the story the air of sweet, rosy children at play. And the main characters *are* small children at play, although not rosy ones. I read it online without pictures and I would say that it's ghostly enough that I can't imagine many small children liking it and yet it's not quite YA either. The descriptions of the grown-ups seem more adult. For example, "...the people in the next flat quarreled more angrily, Judith heard a loud slap, and then the woman began to cry. She was a young married woman, scarcely more than a girl. Her marriage had not been as successful as that of Judith's parents. Both husband and wife had irritable tempers. Through the thin wall Judith could hear the girl sobbing angrily as the man flung himself out of bed, put on his clothes and went out, banging the door after him." I'd be interested to know who the intended audience was at the time of publication in 1904. Perhaps it was children. An altogether odd, rather predictable, but satisfying story that reminded me a bit of Henry James's "The Turn of the Screw."
Read information about the authorFrances Eliza Hodgson was the daughter of ironmonger Edwin Hodgson, who died three years after her birth, and his wife Eliza Boond. She was educated at The Select Seminary for Young Ladies and Gentleman until the age of fifteen, at which point the family ironmongery, then being run by her mother, failed, and the family emigrated to Knoxville, Tennessee. Here Hodgson began to write, in order to supplement the family income, assuming full responsibility for the family upon the death of her mother, in 1870. In 1872 she married Dr. Swan Burnett, with whom she had two sons, Lionel and Vivian. The marriage was dissolved in 1898. In 1900 Burnett married actor Stephen Townsend until 1902 when they got divorced. Following her great success as a novelist, playwright, and children's author, Burnett maintained homes in both England and America, traveling back and forth quite frequently. She died in her Long Island, New York home, in 1924.
Primarily remembered today for her trio of classic children's novels - Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886), A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1911) - Burnett was also a popular adult novelist, in her own day, publishing romantic stories such as The Making of a Marchioness (1901) for older readers.
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