Here it goes, easiest first: Burnett is best known for her children's stories. I count nine stories unquestionably intended for children:
- The Secret Garden
- The Little Princess (I'm not counting the short story that was expanded into the novel - Sara Crewe - separately) (ED)
- Little Lord Fauntleroy (AB)
- The Story of Prince Fairyfoot
- The Proud Little Grain of Wheat
- Behind the White Brick
- Racketty-Packetty House (ED)
- The Lost Prince (ED)
- Barty Crusoe and His Man Saturday
Please note that all mentioned works are available for free at http://www.online-literature.com/burnett/.
There are two more stories that are probably intended for children as well, but I have lumped in a separate category of spiritual works. Spirituality plays a strong role in many of Burnett's stories (she was a Christian Scientist), but the following are explicitly religious texts. Those oriented towards children are marked with a C.
- The Dawn of a Tomorrow (ED)
- The White People
- In the Closed Room
- The Land of the Blue Flower (C)
- The Little Hunchback Zia (C)
Also arguably religious in premise are six stories I have labeled cautionary (one is also maybe for children, as indicated.
- In Connection with the DeWilloughby Claim (ED)
- Little Saint Elizabeth (C) (ED)
- Lodusky (ED)
- Surly Tim
- Mere Giraud's Little Daughter (ED)
Fifteen of her books are romances: two are historical (addressed above and marked with a H below), and three are explicitly about Americans in Britain (marked AB, as is Little Lord Fauntleroy above), I will handle the three latter stories, two of which are amongst my very favorites, as a unit, because the clash and confusion between American and British cultures comes up again and again in Burnett. Much of her best work is based upon the awkwardness between different cultures and the usually wealthy immigrant's attempt to assimilate.
- Emily Fox-Seton (ED)
- A Fair Barbarian (AB)
- Le Monsieur de la Petite Dame
- The Pretty Sister of Jose
- The Head of the House of Combe
- T. Tembarom (AB) (ED)
- That Lass of Lowrie's (ED)
- A Lady of Quality (H)
- His Grace of Osmond (H)
- The Shuttle (AB) (ED)
Another theme in Burnett's books is economic distinctions. I don't just mean stories in which different classes are represented, as in The Secret Garden, but those in which privilege and deprivation are thrown into explicit contrast AND it provides a major theme for the tale. This also plays upon the immigrant experience. Burnett had herself experienced both wealth and poverty. I've marked these book with an ED.
So there you have it. I think I'm going to start with the romances, in no particular order, as it keeps me on the most familiar ground. I'll link the reviews as I do them to this post.