Frances Hodgson Burnett was an English–American playwright and author. She is best known for her children’s stories, in particular The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and Little Lord Fauntleroy. Following the death of her mother in 1867, the 18-year-old Frances turned to writing to support the family, with her first story published in Godey’s Lady’s Book in 1868. She was soon being published regularly and her first novel, That Lass o’ Lowrie’s, was published in 1877.
In 1886 she published Little Lord Fauntleroy and was originally intended as a children’s book, but had a great appeal to mothers and sold more than half a million copies. Later works include A Little Princes, The Lady of Quality and The Secret Garden, the children’s novel for which she is probably best known today. (source: Wikipedia)