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Did you ever read "Little Lord Flauntleroy"?

Asked by filmfann (47819points) November 19th, 2014

This book is still heavily referenced in culture, yet I can’t think of anyone who has read it.

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janbb's avatar

I did. (It’s “Little Lord Fauntleroy.”) I’ve read many of France Hodgeson Burnett’s books, including “The Secret Garden” several times.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Forced to, in junior high (I think) or maybe high school. Completely unmemorable, probably because it was forced on us (and then we had to discuss it).

@janbb – at least Secret Garden had a reasonably interesting plot.

janbb's avatar

Yes, “The Secret Garden” is wonderful. She also wrote books for adults including one my Mom gave me called “T. Tembarom” that is one of my favorite novels.

filmfann's avatar

I was looking at a website that said when “Little Lord Fauntleroy” was released, it was as big as “Harry Potter” was a few years back.

ucme's avatar

No, never, not my bag man.
On a related topic, older ladies when commenting on a boy behaving arrogantly will often remark…“who does he think he is, little Lord Fauntleroy?”
Not sure how useful that info is, but still.

filmfann's avatar

As I said, it still has a large presence in our cultural references, even though I don’t think many have read it.

ucme's avatar

Oh yeah, so you did, they don’t call me observant for nothi…actually, they don’t call me observant at all.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I have, but I don’t really remember it well.

longgone's avatar

Yep, and I liked it, too. I read it when I was fairly young (8, maybe). At that age, it was intriguing enough.

In Germany, the movie is on TV every year around Christmas.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Wasn’t where he traded places with a poor person?

linguaphile's avatar

I read it just to find out why my mom kept using “Little Lord Fauntleroy” references. I also have read many of Burnett’s books and enjoyed her writing and did enjoy the story :)

I used Fauntleroy as a reference, too, to describe one of my college professors. He looked and dressed like a 80 year old version of Little Lord Fauntleroy.

janbb's avatar

@Dutchess_III No, that is “The Prince and the Pauper.” In “Little Lord Fauntleroy” a poor boy is discovered to be a rich heir. Several of Burnett’s novels, including the one I love, “T. Tembarom” have a similar rags to riches theme.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Ah, yes. You know, I need to read that again.

talljasperman's avatar

No, but I watched the 1940’s movie. I called him little lord Fart on roy. My grandpa always called me little lord Fauntleroy.

CWOTUS's avatar

I read it, also decades (and decades) ago, and barely recall it. If I recall correctly, the theme wasn’t so much different from Mark Twain’s Prince and the Pauper, which is much more memorable to me.

However, I haven’t seen any of the recent references to it in popular culture that you mention. Could you link to any of those, or provide other examples?

On a somewhat related note, I recall how I used to enjoy the film adaptation of Kipling’s Captains Courageous as a boy. I think I may have watched that a half-dozen times. (But the last time I watched any part of it – maybe five or six years ago – I could barely contain my disdain for the obvious schmaltz of the movie. Not that I abjure all schmaltz…)

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