Donated by the Lauren Rogers Museum in Laurel, Mississippi.
Noncirculating; available for research.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett, novelist and children's writer, was born in England in 1849 and emigrated to the United States in 1865. She was best known for Little Lord Fauntleroy, which first appeared as a serial in the November 1885 issue of St. Nicholas. A year after it first appeared as a serial, Burnett's publishers released Fauntleroy as a novel and it became a huge bestseller. Burnett contributed many other stories to St. Nicholas during her lifetime, including "Sara Crewe" in December 1887, which became the sequel to Fauntleroy and was published as A Little Unfairy Princess.
This collection contains only one item: a typed letter from Burnett's son, Vivian, to Mrs. May Rowland, hostess of the Sunshine Club at the Mississippi State Sanatorium (for the treatment of tuberculosis).
The Sunshine Club promoted patient welfare and entertainment and also organized fund-raisers to provide the Sanatorium with money to pay for patients' games, seasonal parties and dramatic or musical programs. May Rowland had entered the program in 1920 as a patient and joined the staff in 1923.
When Vivian Burnett wrote Rowland in 1926, he stated that the items he included (a signed copy of "The One I Knew Best of All," and the full script of a preface to The Drury Lane Boys Club) would hopefully fetch a fair price at one of the Sanatorium's fund-raisers. The deGrummond Collection has several of Frances Hodgson Burnett's books, including The Drury Lane Boys Club, but the other items her son said he included with the letter are not in our possession.
The deGrummond Collection has two original letters of Frances Hodgson Burnett in the St. Nicholas correspondence (DG0929). Also, in deGrummond's correspondence file are two letters from Vivian Burnett's wife, Constance B. Burnett.
A. Correspondence1/1 Vivian Burnett to May Rowland, 1926, one item.
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