Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was a British-American author best known for her children's books, including "The Secret Garden," "A Little Princess," and "Little Lord Fauntleroy." Born in Manchester, England, Burnett moved to the United States in 1865 with her family, where she began writing to support them financially.
Her first literary success came with the publication of her story "Surly Tim" in Scribner's Monthly in 1872. She went on to write numerous novels, short stories, and plays, often featuring strong female protagonists who overcome adversity. Burnett's works were widely popular during her lifetime and continue to be beloved by readers around the world.
Burnett's personal life was marked by tragedy, including the death of her son from tuberculosis and the breakdown of her marriage. She ultimately found happiness with her second husband, Dr. Stephen Townsend, whom she married in 1900.
Frances Hodgson Burnett died in 1924 at the age of 74 in Plandome, New York. She is remembered as a pioneer of children's literature and an advocate for women's rights..
"The Lost Prince" is a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, published in 1915. The story is set in London during World War I and follows a young boy named Marco Loristan, who has been raised in poverty by his father. Marco's father is a political exile from the fictional kingdom of Samavia, and Marco has grown up hearing stories of the country's legendary lost prince.
When Marco befriends a disabled street performer named The Rat, he discovers that The Rat is actually a boy named Rudolf Rassendyll, who is the rightful heir to the throne of Samavia. Together, Marco and The Rat embark on a mission to find the lost prince and restore him to the throne, all while navigating the dangers of war-torn London.
As they journey deeper into the world of Samavia, Marco and The Rat encounter secret societies, political intrigue, and assassination attempts. Along the way, they learn the true meaning of loyalty, courage, and sacrifice as they work to save their friend and the kingdom he is destined to rule.
"The Lost Prince" is a captivating tale of adventure, friendship, and the power of hope in times of turmoil. It remains a beloved classic of children's literature today.