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A Few Words on Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett

March 15, 2011
First edition hard cover of Little Lord Fauntleroy

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“His greatest charm was this cheerful, fearless, quaint little way of making friends with people. I think it arose from his having a very  confiding nature, and a kind little heart that sympathized with every one, and wished to make every one as comfortable as he liked to be himself.”

Little Lord Fauntleroy is a short charming tale by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  This is a piece of children’s literature that is very easy for an adult to read and enjoy.  It is the tale of a young charming and innocent American child, Cedric, who finds out he is really a British lord.  The story really isn’t so much about Cedric, but the adults he meets and influences.

Cedric’s innocence is used to clash with the corrupted nature of his benefactor.  Each adult in this book has unique characteristics and though Cedric is the protagonist, those unique characteristics are what make the book a success.  The perfect wholesome image that Burnett creates for her main character is continually contrasted by those surrounding him.

I think the book is a good example of a discussion about the innocence of childhood and the corruption of adulthood.  It also has the time tested message that love and kindness can bring about change in a harsh personality.  This gives the story that fairy tale touch.

Overall, Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a heartwarming and short children’s tale.  If you want to read something else by the author of The Secret Garden, this is  really cleverly written tale that you can read in one sitting.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2011 11:04 am

    I have a dim memory of the expression, “Oh, he’s a little Lord Fauntleroy” being derogatory when I was young. I read the book years ago and didn’t think it was so bad, although maybe the hero’s attitude toward his mother was wish fulfillment on the author’s part. Are you aware they made a movie of it in the 1930s with Freddie Bartholomew in the title role?

    • March 18, 2011 11:23 am

      I’m sure the hero in general was wish fulfillment on the author’s part. I didn’t know they had made a movie of it, but it doesn’t surprise me … I’ll have to look for it.

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