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Mr. and Mrs. Prince
Mr. and Mrs. Prince

Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary Eighteenth-Century Family Moved Out of Slavery and Into Legend

  • ISBN: 978-0060510732
  • 2008, Amistad Books/HarperCollins

Merging grand storytelling with meticulously researched history, Mr. and Mrs. Prince provides a detailed history of not only a pre-Civil War African American family in New England but also the challenges that faced African Americans in the North versus the slaves in the South. more

The Annotated Secret Garden

The Annotated Secret Garden (Editor)

  • ISBN: 978-0393060294
  • 2007, W. W. Norton

The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett's story of an orphan girl who moves from India to the British countryside, has become a favorite book of every generation. Gretchen Gerzina brings out aspects of Burnett's life that led her to write the book, details of the Victorian England time period, attitudes toward children, and Burnett's spiritual leanings. more

Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Unexpected Life of the Author of The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Unexpected Life of the Author of The Secret Garden

  • ISBN: 978-0813538259
  • 2004, Rutgers University Press (USA hardcover) & Chatto & Windus (UK hardcover); 2005, Rutgers University Press (USA paperback)

Hugely successful in her own time for adult novels and plays, Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849–1924) would be astounded to find out she is remembered for a handful of books for children, but most of all for the enormously popular The Secret Garden. This biography—the first to have the full cooperation of Burnett’s descendants and relatives—examines her life with a wealth of new material. more

The Secret Garden (Norton Critical Edition)

The Secret Garden (Norton Critical Edition) (Editor)

  • ISBN: 978-0393926354
  • 2005, W. W. Norton

The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett's best-known work, became an instant modern classic and world-wide bestseller upon its publication in 1911. The text of this Norton Critical Edition is based on the first edition and is accompanied by explanatory annotations. more

Black Victorians, Black Victoriana

Black Victorians, Black Victoriana (Editor)

  • ISBN: 978-0813532158
  • 2003, Rutgers University Press

Although scholarship has given us a clear view of nineteenth-century imperialism, colonialism, and later immigration from the colonies, there has for far too long been a gap in our understanding of the lives of blacks in Victorian England. Without that understanding, it remains impossible to assess adequately the state of the black population in Britain today. Using a transatlantic lens, the contributors to this book restore black Victorians to the British national picture. more

Black London: Life Before Emancipation

Black London: Life Before Emancipation

  • (Entitled Black England in the U.K.)
  • ISBN: 978-0813522722
  • 1995, Rutgers University Press (USA) & John Murray (UK); 1997, Rutgers University Press (USA paperback); 1999, Allison & Busby (UK paperback)

By the eighteenth century the work of all kinds of artists—Hogarth, Reynolds, Gillray, Rowlandson—as well as work by poets, playwrights and novelists, revealed to sharp eyes that not everyone in that elegant, vigorous, earthy world was white. In fact there were black pubs and clubs, balls for blacks only, black churches, and organizations for helping blacks out of work or in trouble. Many blacks were prosperous and respected. more

Carrington: A Life

Carrington: A Life

  • ISBN: 978-0393026986
  • 1989, W. W. Norton (USA hardcover) & John Murray (UK hardcover); 1990, Oxford University Press (UK paperback); 1995, Pimlico (UK paperback re-release); 1995, W. W. Norton (USA paperback)

The English painter, known simply as "Carrington"—bohemian, charming, elusive—is the subject of this biography. Portrayed in novels by Wyndham Lewis, D. H. Lawrence, and Aldous Huxley, she made a vivid impression on those she met. A satellite member of the Bloomsbury Group, she fell hopelessly in love with man of letters, Lytton Strachey and achieved notoriety by killing herself shortly after his death. more