Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849 –1924) was an English-American novelist and playwright. She is best known for the three children’s novels Little Lord Fauntleroy (published in 1885–1886), A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1911).
Frances Eliza Hodgson was born in England and in 1865 emigrated to the United States, settling in Tennessee, where Frances began writing to help earn money for the family, publishing stories in magazines from the age of 19. She married Swan Burnett, a doctor and lived in Paris, where their two sons were born, before returning to the United States. Burnett then began to write novels that made a popular writer of children’s fiction, although her romantic adult novels written in the 1890s were also popular.