Francis Hobson Burnett originally conceived of the Little Lord Fauntleroy story as a way of entertaining her children. She published the book in 1886. She also published several other books, the text and illustratins to which include interesting discritions/illustrations of boys' clothes during the late 19th Century and early 20th Century. Little Lord Fauntleroy is her best known book and it was an immediate success in the United States and England when published. It has since been translated into many languages.