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Little Lord Fauntleroy

A person who is spoiled, conceited, and characterized by a pompous air of decadence, intellectualism, and moral superiority. A reference to the novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the main character of which was characterized by his charm, intelligence, and extremely good and innocent nature. You can speak in hypotheticals and theories all day, Little Lord Fauntleroy—meanwhile, I'll be in the streets working alongside people who face real hardships and need real solutions.
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Little Lord Fauntleroy

An effete and spoiled goody-two-shoes young man. The youngster was the title character of the 19th-century novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. He lived in New York City with his mother, the daughter of a British lord who had eloped to the States against the wishes of her father. Summoned to England, the lad wins over his grandfather's cold heart through his innate goodness and good sense and becomes heir to the title. Although the title character was not at all spoiled or sissified, his hairstyle and clothing certainly gave that impression. That's why generations of privileged actual or supposed effete spoiled brats were taunted by sneers of “Look—here comes Little Lord Fauntleroy!”
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Although she married and had two sons (one of whom donned, to his never-ending embarrassment, the famed velvet Lord Fauntleroy suit), Burnett claimed to loathe marriage in an era that idealized domesticity.
Noting that "Late nineteenth century masculinity was unstable, contested, contradictory," Clark argues that Fauntleroy initially thrived because it "reconcile[d] these varied strands"; by the early 20th century, however, dominant ideals of masculinity had stabilized through discourses of the rugged and the muscular, making the foppish Fauntleroy obsolete.
and no more like the impossible boy in a storybook than a sound orange is like one that has been sucked dry." (29) The idea of a bad boy as the normal and healthy boy entered the public arena at this early date, even as it vied with works such as the popular Little Lord Fauntleroy, first published in 1886, the story of a noble, refined, and self-effacing little boy.
In addition to Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886), Sara Crewe(1888; dramatized as A Little Princess in 1905) and Secret Garden, The (1911) were also written for children.
Krassner's conscious life, as he tells it, began when he was performing a solo violin concerto at the age of six, the youngest musician ever to give a concert at Carnegie Hall: "I was wearing a Little Lord Fauntleroy suit - ruffled white silk shirt with puffy sleeves, black velvet short pants with ivory buttons and matching vest - white socks and black patent-leather shoes.
Among books published this year was an immensely popular story for children, Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Of her approximately fifty books, she is chiefly remembered for two: <IR> LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY </IR> (1886), an enormously popular story of an American-born boy who inherits an English estate, and The Secret Garden (1911), a children's classic telling how a spoiled orphan, Mary, and her sickly cousin, Colin, find health and happiness in restoring a walled and forgotten garden.
His title of Lord Fauntleroy he would normally inherit from his grandfather, an English earl, who has, however, never forgiven the boy's father for marrying an American.
Stacey Flaster and Elizabeth Fauntleroy, co-founders of TPS, are excited to announce their 2019 series that includes workshops and classes that will give students the opportunity to be trained in acting, dance and audition techniques by well-known professional and Broadway performers.
Grace Darling 1849: Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of The Secret Garden and Little Lord Fauntleroy, was born in Manchester.
He's turned out to be a natural performer, and his looks are exceptionally telegenic, with his Little Lord Fauntleroy curly locks and all.
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Although in St Pat's School long, long ago I had a malodorous little classmate called Fauntleroy. His mother saw the film Little Lord Fauntleroy in the old Ninian and was so blown away by curly-haired cherub Freddie Bartholomew in the name part she called her kid after him hoping he, too, would become a curly-haired cherub.