A Known Scribbler: Frances Burney on Literary Life / Edition 1

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Frances Burney's journals and letters, composed between 1768 and 1839, contain a unique account of the creative, social, and commercial ambitions and achievements of an eighteenth-century female writer. Focusing on Burney's literary life, this selection from her journals and correspondence combines Burney's own accounts of the creation of her popular novels, her aspirations for her dramatic writings, and her reflections upon her letters and journals as literary productions in their own right.
In addition to Burney's letters and journal entries, this Broadview edition includes: selections from Burney's Brief Reflections relative to the Emigrant French Clergy (1793) and Memoirs of Doctor Burney (1832); letters by family and friends about her literary activities; and contemporary reviews of The Diary and Letters of Madame d'Arblay.

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Editorial Reviews

John Mullan University College London
"This rich selection gives a vivid sense of Burney, the sharp-eyed and exacting writer. It also brings to life her struggles, and her self-awareness, as an author, striving and competing in a literary marketplace. The book charts one extraordinary woman’s life of writing, but its journal entries, letters and reviews also reveal the changing habits of a whole literary culture."
Linda Lang-Peralta The Metropolitan State College of Denver
"These accounts of Frances Burney's literary adventures, along with the advice of her closest friends and relatives, provide a penetrating view of a woman writer's constraints and obstacles in the eighteenth century. Justine Crump's selections, from Burney's excitement over the anonymous publication of Evelina to Samuel Crisp's warnings about propriety and Edmund Burke's praise of Cecilia, provide intriguing perspectives of Burney and her art."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551113203
  • Publisher: Broadview Press
  • Publication date: 9/19/2002
  • Series: Broadview Literary Texts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Justine Crump is a member of the English Faculty, Oxford University.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Short Titles
Burney and the Literary Marketplace
Burney and the Eighteenth-Century Theatre
Creativity and the Female Artist in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Burney's Life-Writings
Frances Burney: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
Principal Persons
Journals and Correspondence of Frances Burney
Appendix: Contemporary Reviews of The Diary and Letters of Madame d’Arblay
New Monthly Magazine and Humorist (February 1842)
[John Wilson Croker] The Quarterly Review (June 1842)
[Thomas Babington Macaulay] The Edinburgh Review (January 1843)
Eclectic Review (1847)
Select Bibliography

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