By Frances Hodgson Burnett, Jill Muller

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Although she does not reveal her problems, her marriage begins to suffer. The Supreme Court overturns the Civil Rights Act. 1884 Burnett begins traveling more frequently to Britain and Europe , spending long periods away from her family. Her relationship with Swan begins to dissolve; she is torn between being a good mother and living independently of her children and husband. Mark Twain舗s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn appears. 1885 Little Lord Fauntleroy is serialized in the magazine St. Nicholas.

Critics compare her writing to that of Henry James for its portrayal of contradictions in human nature. Constantly traveling on work-related business, Frances is often on the verge of nervous exhaustion. Although she does not reveal her problems, her marriage begins to suffer. The Supreme Court overturns the Civil Rights Act. 1884 Burnett begins traveling more frequently to Britain and Europe , spending long periods away from her family. Her relationship with Swan begins to dissolve; she is torn between being a good mother and living independently of her children and husband.

1869 The family moves to a small house in Knoxville, Tennessee. 1870 Eliza Hodgson dies. Frances continues to support the family by publishing stories. 1871 A British Act of Parliament legalizes labor unions. 1872 A story, 舠Surly Tim舗s Troubles,舡 is published by Scribner舗s Monthly, which will issue more of Frances舗s writing than any other magazine. A young local doctor, Swan Burnett, falls in love with Frances. When he proposes marriage, she somewhat apprehensively accepts, fearing he舗ll be devastated if she refuses.

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