The Shuttle

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Sprache - Englisch

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In 'The Shuttle', Frances Hodgson Burnett masterfully uncovers the dark consequences of transatlantic marriages during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The novel, interweaving themes of rebirth and the resilience of the human spirit, juxtaposes the vivacity of American culture against the decay of English aristocracy. Burnett's incisive writing deftly explores the transformation of characters and settings, using the decline and renovation of Stornham Court as a powerful metaphor for the rejuvenation possible through new American wealth and sensibilities. Written during an era when international marriages were fashionable among wealthy Americans and cash-strapped British nobility, the novel stands as a significant cultural artifact and a poignant commentary on economic and social realities of the time. Frances Hodgson Burnett, renowned for her children's classics such as 'The Secret Garden', brings her nuanced storytelling to a more mature audience in 'The Shuttle'. It is said that her own experience with a failed transatlantic marriage informs the authenticity and the empathy with which she portrays Rosalie and the opportunistic nature of Nigel Anstruthers. Burnett uses her personal context and her observant nature to shape a narrative that is as much a critique on class and gender norms as it is an absorbing tale of courage and redemption. This novel is especially recommended to those interested in the literary reflection of societal constructs of the Gilded Age, the dynamics of international marriages, and the transformative power of strong, determined women. Burnett's 'The Shuttle' is not just an intriguing historical piece but an insightful text that resonates with readers who appreciate complex characters, vivid period details, and a narrative that champions the triumph of will over circumstance.


About the Author

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849–1924) was an English-American novelist and playwright known for her enchanting children's stories and her ability to captivate the imagination of readers both young and old. Born in Cheetham, England, Burnett moved to the United States as a teenager, and her experiences of life in two different cultures influenced her writing significantly. Renowned for her rich character development and vivid storytelling, Burnett's literary canon often explores themes of social class, transformation, and the redemptive power of nature and love. While best known for her timeless classics 'The Secret Garden' (1911), 'A Little Princess' (1905), and 'Little Lord Fauntleroy' (1886), she also penned 'The Shuttle' (1907), an insightful novel that examines the transatlantic exchanges between American wealth and British aristocracy during the early 20th century. In 'The Shuttle,' Burnett contrasts the vitality of American spirit against the decay of English nobility, weaving a narrative that critiques social norms and celebrates the rejuvenating influence of the New World. Beyond her novels, Burnett's theatrical adaptations of her own works also achieved considerable success, solidifying her reputation as a literary figure of significance in both the United States and England. Her contributions to children's literature and her innovative explorations of class and culture remain influential in the canon of English literature.

Product Details

Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 538 Pages

Filesize: 712.0 KB

ISBN: 8596547385837

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