secretgarden

A short history of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s real secret garden

Upon its first publication in “The American Magazine” in 1910, readers first got to picture the garden at Misselthwaite Manor. A beautiful garden, a secret place locked away and left overgrown. Its description, however, is not solely based on Frances Hodges Burnett’s imagination: “The Secret Garden” was in fact inspired by a real garden, one the…

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The good, the bad and the obsolete: rediscovering the Princess of Clèves

Recognised as the first modern novel in history, “La Princesse de Clèves” has ridden a rollercoaster in terms of popularity and fame ever since its first publication in anonymous form in March 1678. Marie-Madeleine Pioche de La Vergne, countess of La Fayette, simply known as Madame de La Fayette was a 28 year-old married woman when…