Monday, December 29, 2008

Literary Hero: Sara Crewe

Frances Hodgson Burnett authored the story of heroine Sara Crewe originally entitled both
Sara Crewe and What Happened at Miss Minchin's Boarding School (1888) and was a serialized novel in two separate magazines (which, incidentally is how A Christmas Carol was originally published. I'm so glad that doesn't happen anymore it would be worse than TV). Several years later (in 1905) the story was republished under the name we are all familiar with: A Little Princess.


The 1995 film is, I think, one of the best 50 films I have ever seen. And if you know how many movies I've seen, that should mean something to you. I also recommend the 1986 adaptation.


Useless fact: Liesl Matthews, who played Sara in the 1995 version is in fact, a millionaire's daughter and an heiress. How's that for role casting?


shelly said...

Oh, how I love "A Little Princess"! Both the book and the movie. I did not know it used to be called Sara Crewe -- thanks for educating me, Rachel!

Rachel EM said...

Always a pleasure to share my useless facts, Shelly.

The Cooks said...

I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren't pretty, or smart, or young. They're still princesses. All of us. Didn't your father ever tell you that? Didn't he?

total favorite of mine too - sweet soundtrack as well!!!

Rachel EM said...

Wow, buds, I had no idea you could quote this one that well! And yeah-- I love this soundtrack. I think those mixes I sent you have a couple of the tracks on it...