Little Lord Fauntleroy
“A book in which the main character is a boy who wears velvet suits, long blond curls, and call his mother ‘Dearest’? Right! That’s going to be on my list of things to read. Yet Little Lord Fauntleroy, sausage curls and all, was the Harry Potter of his time and Frances Hodgson Burnett was as celebrated for creating him as J.K. Rowlng is for Potter. Go figure.
“Little Lord Fauntleroy first appeared as stories in St. Nicholas magazine and readers waited eagerly for each installment. When the book was published, it was an instant best-seller, making Burnett more than $100,000. It later became a play that made even more money than the book. And, like Harry Potter, there was merchandising …” ~ Polly Horvath’s foreword to Little Lord Fauntleroy (Aladdin Classics), 2004.