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Frances Hodgson Burnett's lasting contribution to children'sliterature consists of three books, (1886), (1905),and her best work, (1911). This wasMarghanita Laski's assessment in 1951, and subsequent criticalopinion has usually agreed with her. Burnett'sindividual achievement in these books can be described by placingthem within the appropriate literary traditions. In and Burnettcombined two genres she knew as a child: the fairy tale and theexemplum. In she continued to usethemes and motifs from these genres, but she gave symbolicenrichment and mythic enlargement to her poetic vision by addingtropes from pastoral tradition at least as old as Virgil's. Previous descriptions of development inBurnett's three best known works have focused on the increasingdepth and subtlety in the portrayal of her main childcharacters. While this approach highlights aspecial strength of , it fails toexplain why and especially remain "curiouslycompelling" now that beautiful, innocentchildren are not as fashionable as when Burnett was writing. Thefollowing analysis of Burnett's earlier works as fairytale-exempla, on the other hand, avoids using standards ofpsychological credibility in characterization more appropriate torealistic novels of child life. Moreover, a discussion of Burnett'suse of mythic and pastoral traditions in , shows this work to be her masterpiece not justbecause its main child characters are multi-faceted but because thework as a whole is richer than its predecessors in thematicdevelopment and symbolic resonance.