Little Lord Fauntleroy


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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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In Little Lord Fauntleroy, Cedric Errol, born in America, returns to England to take up an earldom and achieves reconciliation between his estranged American mother and his English grandfather.
Although the success of Little Lord Fauntleroy eclipsed the popularity of Burnett's other books during her lifetime, The Secret Garden remains one of the most influential children's books ever written.
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.
known for The Secret Garden and Little Lord Fauntleroy, was also
She began by memorizing and imitating the treacly Little Lord Fauntleroy and children's stories about frost fairies, and she wound up weaving a crazy patchwork of sensations and expressions from Homer and the Bible, Moliere and Goethe, Carlyle and Schiller, Shakespeare and Wordsworth.
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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.
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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.
Little Lord Fauntleroy is a striking figure, dressed in black velvet with lace collar and yellow curls, and his name passed into common usage as referring either to a certain type of children'sclothes or to a beautiful but pampered and effeminate small boy.