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Set in England, it is one of Burnett's most popular novels and seen as a classic of English children's literature. Several stage and film adaptations have been made.
The American edition was published by the Frederick A. At the turn of the 20th century , Mary Lennox is a sickly, neglected, unloved year-old girl, born in India to wealthy British parents who never wanted her and made an effort to ignore the girl. She is cared for primarily by native servants, who allow her to become spoiled, aggressive and self-centred.
After a cholera epidemic kills Mary's parents and the few surviving servants flee the house, Mary awakes to find herself alone. She is discovered by British soldiers who place her in the care of an English clergyman, whose children taunt her by calling her "Mistress Mary, quite contrary".
However, this is only temporary: she is soon sent England, to live with her wealthy hunchbacked uncle Archibald Craven whom she has never met at his isolated mansion Misselthwaite Manor on the Yorkshire Moors. At first, Mary is as obnoxious and sour as ever. She dislikes her new home, the people living in it, and most of all, the bleak moor on which it sits.
She only begins to like a good-natured maid named Martha Sowerby, who tells Mary about Mary's aunt, the late Lilias Craven, who would spend hours in a private walled garden growing roses. Mrs Craven died after an accident in the garden, and the devastated Mr Craven locked the garden and buried the key. Mary becomes interested in finding the secret garden herself, and her ill manners begin to soften as a result.
Soon she comes to enjoy the company of Martha, the gardener Ben Weatherstaff, and a friendly robin redbreast. Her health and attitude improve with the bracing Yorkshire air, and she grows stronger as she explores the moor and plays with a skipping rope that Mrs Sowerby buys for her. Mary wonders about the secret garden and about some mysterious cries that echo through the house at night. As Mary explores the gardens, her robin draws her attention to an area of disturbed soil.
Here Mary finds the key to the locked garden and eventually the door to the garden. She asks Martha for garden tools, which Martha sends with Dickon, her year-old brother, who spends most of his time out on the moors.
Mary and Dickon take a liking to each other, as Dickon has a kind way with animals and a good nature. Eager to absorb his gardening knowledge, Mary tells him about the secret garden. One night, Mary hears the cries once more and decides to follow them through the house. She is startled to find a boy of her age named Colin, who lives in a hidden bedroom. She soon discovers that they are cousins, Colin being the son of Mr and Mrs Craven, and that he suffers from an unspecified spinal problem which precludes him from walking and causes him to spend most of his time in bed.
Mary visits him every day that week, distracting him from his troubles with stories of the moor, Dickon and his animals, and the secret garden. Mary finally confides that she has access to the secret garden, and Colin asks to see it.
Colin is put into his wheelchair and brought outside into the secret garden. It is the first time he has been outdoors for several years. While in the garden, the children look up to see Ben Weatherstaff looking over the wall on a ladder. Startled and angry to find the children in the secret garden, he admits that he believed Colin to be a cripple.
Colin stands up from his chair and finds that his legs are fine, though weak from long disuse. Colin and Mary soon spend almost every day in the garden, sometimes with Dickon as company. The children and Ben conspire to keep Colin's recovering health a secret from the other staff, so as to surprise his father, who is travelling abroad. As Colin's health improves, his father sees a coinciding increase in spirits, culminating in a dream where his late wife calls to him from inside the garden.
When he receives a letter from Mrs Sowerby, he takes the opportunity finally to return home. He walks the outer garden wall in his wife's memory, but hears voices inside, finds the door unlocked, and is shocked to see the garden in full bloom, and his son healthy, having just won a race against Mary. The servants watch, stunned, as Mr Craven and Colin walk back to the manor together.
The secret garden at Misselthwaite Manor is the site of both the near-destruction and the subsequent regeneration of a family. Parts of it were written during Burnett's visits to Buile Hill Park ,  Maytham Hall in Kent, England, where Burnett lived for a number of years during her marriage, is often cited as the inspiration for the book's setting. However, it has been noted that apart from the garden, Maytham Hall and Misselthwaite Manor are physically very different.
Scott Williams. Its copyright expired in the United States in , and in most other parts of the world in , placing the book in the public domain. As a result, several abridged and unabridged editions were published in the late s and early s, such as a full-colour illustrated edition from David R. Godine, Publisher in Inga Moore 's abridged edition of , illustrated by her, is arranged so that a line of the text also serves as a caption to a picture. Marketing to both adult and juvenile audiences may have had an effect on its early reception; the book was far from so celebrated as Burnett's previous works during her lifetime.
Lundin noted that the author's obituary notices all remarked on Little Lord Fauntleroy and passed over The Secret Garden in silence. With the rise of scholarly work in children's literature over the past quarter-century, The Secret Garden has risen steadily in prominence.
It is often noted as one of the best children's books of the 20th century. This version was mainly black-and-white, with the sequences set in the restored garden filmed in Technicolor. Noel Streatfeild 's novel The Painted Garden deals with the making of this film. The executive producer was Francis Ford Coppola.
Dorothea Brooking adapted the book as several different television serials for the BBC: an eight-part serial in , an eight-part serial in starring Colin Spaull as Dickon , and a seven-part serial broadcast in also on DVD. The story was changed slightly, with Colin's father, instead of being Mary's uncle, being an old friend of Mary's father, allowing Colin and Mary to start a relationship as adults by the film's end.
It was filmed at Highclere Castle , which later became known as the filming location for Downton Abbey. This version was released on video in by ABC Video. Based on the title, this anime is sometimes mistakenly assumed to be related to the popular dorama series Himitsu no Hanazono. Unavailable in the English language, it has been dubbed into several other languages including Spanish, Italian, Polish and Tagalog.
Stage adaptations of the book have been created. A multimedia web series adaptation of the novel titled The Misselthwaite Archives was released on YouTube in The series consisted of 40 episodes, which aired from January through October, as well as fictional letters, emails, text messages, social media accounts, and other documents about the characters.
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