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The Head of the House of Coombe

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was an American novelist. Burnett was born in Manchester, England but immigrated to the United States in 1865, 11 years after her father died. Her family settled in New Market, TN. In 1868, Burnett managed to place a story with Godey’s Lady’s Book.

The material is an original holographic manuscript, unbound and undated, written in both pen and pencil and contains her edits. The last page of the manuscript is different from the published book, being condensed into one concluding paragraph. The novel is about social complexities in the life of a girl growing up in London, just before the outbreak of World War I. Burnett wrote a sequel to the novel, entitled Robin (MS 029).

There are some errors in the paging: nos. 78-81 duplicated.