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A Hundred Years of The Secret Garden

International Conference, University of Bonn, November 5-6, 2010


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First serialized in monthly instalments in the politically oriented The American Magazine from autumn 1910 to summer 1911, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is now a children’s classic.

The novel tells a timeless story of love and compassion, set in a mysterious manor on the Yorkshire moors. The protagonist Mary is socialised through experiencing nature and the changing seasons.

Like the plants in the secret garden, her spiritual and physical health develops and grows in a process of achieving harmony with nature and her fellow beings.

The international conference A Hundred Years of The Secret Garden, hosted by the English Department at the University of Bonn, seeks to explore various themes related to Burnett’s most popular novel.