The Secret Garden

Musical

Writers: Marsha Norman Lucy Simon

Context

Frances Hodgson Burnett, an English playwright and novelist, wrote The Secret Garden in 1911. She was already well-known by that point, having written the children’s novels Little Lord Fauntleroy (1885-6) and A Little Princess (1905), amongst other popular books and serials. Because it was her first work that was marketed to both children and adults, The Secret Garden was not one of Burnett’s most popular books, in its time. Since then, however, The Secret Garden has become known as one of the greatest books ever written for children.

The Secret Garden was partly inspired by Burnett’s

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