AUTHORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
During Burlingame’s residence at 22 East, while employed by Charles Scribner’s Sons, he scored many successes in discovering new authors. His dealings with both serial story and novel writers included Robert Louis Stevenson (The Waif Woman, 1914),
James M. Barrie (Peter and Wendy, 1911), and Edith Wharton (House of Mirth, 1905).
One of his greatest achievements involved Frances Hodgson Burnett. In the late 1890s Burlingame traveled to Washington, D.C. — where Burnett was living at the time — to negotiate an agreement for Scribner’s Magazine. Burlingame was described by the magazine, Current Literature, as “kind, courteous, sympathetic; possessing a find judicial temper, quick to appreciate a good thing, and prompt to execute an undertaking, with a moderation of spirit that knows how far to carry a plan, and when to stop.” It was no surprise that Burlingame and Burnett got along so well. Concerning her dealings with him she stated that he was “the most delightful American I know.” In 1902, Frances Hodgson Burnett was working on a play called, A Little Princess. She considered it too short. Early feedback concurred that the play was too brief, and so she added several additional characters including several school children. In 1903, Edward Burlingame, representing Scribner’s, encouraged Burnett to take the scenes and characters that she had created in A Little Princess and develop it into a longer novel. While she found it rather daunting, the idea intrigued her. The rest is history and in addition to dozens of film and theater adaptations, the novel is now considered by many to be among the top children’s books ever written.
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