The Making of a Marchioness
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This author’s books – The Secret Garden and The Little Princess – are unarguably canons in the repertoires of young girls. They have feisty but principled heroines who overcome hard times with aplomb. Also by Hodgson Burnett, The Making of a Marchioness is little known yet differently charismatic. Based on a similar ‘rags to riches’ fairy tale, it is a far more nuanced story for an older, more sophisticated audience able to appreciate the sharp observations and lack of sentimentality in the prose.
Based in Bloomsbury, Persephone Publishing was established in 1999 to reprint brilliant books written by neglected authors, mainly from the 20th Century. Named after the powerful Greek goddess Persephone, who ruled the underworld with Hades, the slant of the imprint is, as you might suspect, towards female authors, but not exclusively. Due to the remarkable titles that have reappeared, Persephone Publishing has acquired a reputation for selecting books that are, very simply, marvellous to read. Not dauntingly intellectual, these are beautifully written stories that have resurfaced after the hardest test of all – time.
Dimensions: H:19cm, W:14cm
Integral jacket with flaps and printed endpapers