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'Something will come if I think and wait a little' – in a soft, expectant voice. 'The Magic will tell me.'
Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is devastated when her father dies. Now penniless, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this resourceful girl's fortunes change again is at the centre of A Little Princess.
This edition appends excerpts from Burnett's original 1888 novella Sara Crewe and the stage play, as well as an early story, 'Behind the White Brick,' allowing readers to see how one of the best-loved stories in all of children's literature evolved. In his delightful introduction, U. C. Knoepflmacher considers the fairy-tale allusions and literary touchstones that place the book among the major works of Victorian literature, and shows it to be truly rich and resonant novel.
Edited with an Introduction and Notes by U. C. KNOEPFLMACHER
About the Author
Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849 - 1924) was born in England and lived as an adult in both England and America. She wrote mainly for adults but is best known for her children's books. Her books include 'Little Lord Fauntleroy' and 'The Secret Garden'. U C Knoepflmacher is professor of English and Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature at Princeton.
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text
The Whole of the Story
A French Lesson
The Diamond-Mines Again
In the Attic
The Indian Gentleman
The Other Side of the Wall
One of the Populace
What Melchisedec Heard and Saw
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ISBN: 9780142437018 ISBN-10: 0142437018 Series: Penguin Classics Audience:
For Ages: 18+ years old For Grades: 4 - 6 Format:
Number Of Pages: 272 Published: 1st March 2002 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1