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Esmeralda by [Burnett, Frances Hodgson]
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About the Author

Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (24 November 1849 – 29 October 1924) was an English-American playwright and author. She is best known for her children's stories, in particular Little Lord Fauntleroy (published in 1885-6), A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1911). Frances Eliza Hodgson was born in Cheetham, near Manchester, England. After her father died in 1852, the family eventually fell on straitened circumstances and in 1865 emigrated to the United States, settling near Knoxville, Tennessee. There, Frances began writing to help earn money for the family, publishing stories in magazines from the age of 19. In 1870 her mother died and in 1872 she married Swan Burnett, who became a medical doctor after which they lived in Paris for two years where their two sons were born before returning to the US to live in Washington D.C. There she began to write novels, the first of which (That Lass o' Lowries), was published to good reviews. Little Lord Fauntleroy was published in 1886 and made her a popular writer of children's fiction, although her romantic adult novels written in the 1890s were also popular. She wrote and helped to produce stage versions of Little Lord Fauntleroy and A Little Princess.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 120 KB
  • Print Length: 33 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499124953
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TS39X4
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,112 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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By Eleni TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Feb. 2011
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This is a beautiful novella by Frances Hudson Burnett, published in 1877. Esmeralda or Esmeraldy as her father calls her is a young American girl, forced to live in Paris and away from her home in North Carolina. Her family was poor and happily living in the mountains until suddenly they found iron in their land and consequently acquired great wealth. This changed Esmeralda's life as her tyrannical ambitious mother took the family to France, separating them from all they knew, including Esmeralda's beloved fiancé, hoping that she can enter high society. In Paris, both Esmeralda and her timid but kind and loving father are miserable, longing for their old life and the girl is desperate to be reunited with the man she loves and to avoid her mother's plan to marry her to an elderly marquis. The story is told by a Frenchman who befriends the girl and her father, when his wife tutors her and becomes her confidant.

Frances Hudson Burnett is an expert when it comes to characterization and realistic descriptions and this great novella is no exception. The presentation of the vulgar 'new money' mother and the lovely and graceful father and daughter, through the eyes of their loving friends is excellent. In addition the author uses her French narrator to comment on American language and customs. However what I loved most about this story, is that it starts from what usually is considered a happy ending; unexpected wealth for a poor and struggling family, and explores the negative repercussions of this seemingly fortunate event upon their lives.

A note on the Kindle edition: luckily I found no errors, it was extremely easy to download, and a pleasure to read.
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By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Sept. 2014
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This little novella (not much more than a short story) is about some newly rich hillbilly Americans who arrive in Paris and are befriended by a kiindly French couple. It is quite well done, written as it was by an American who understood something of North Carolina during that era. As always with Frances Hodgson Burnett, the characterisation is good and the story springs from this. It is quite touching, though personally, I did not find it very satisfying.
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I love the famous Frances Hodgson Burnett children's books "A little Princess", "Little Lord Fauntleroy" and "The Secret Garden" so when I saw this for free download I figured - why not? "Esmerelda" is a bit different in that it isn't a children's book and it's very short and quick to read. It was a pleasant enough read and mildly thought-provoking but nothing more really. I'm glad I read it but I can't imagine I'll read it again whereas I've read the other books a few times (Little Lord Fauntleroy remains my favorite!). If you haven't read the more famous FHB books then I'd recommend them first but this is fine as short stories go.
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hi i just came to correct the reviewer eleni. her name is frances hodgson not hudson sorry it was an honest mistake i can see
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A great five star read. Well worth reading. A great holiday book. Well recommended, by at least five other readers.
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Never read any of Frances Hodgson Burnett's adult writing before. Sentimental but charming romance.
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Sweet short story that could have been just that little shortrr
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