Cecilia, Or, Memoirs Of An Heiress

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"Cecilia, or Memoirs of an Heiress", was written by Frances Burney in 1782, shortly after the success of her first novel, "Evelina". The novel tells the story of Cecilia Beverley, a young woman who may only receive an inheritance from her uncle upon marrying a man who agrees to take the name Beverley. The work is a scathing commentary on English aristocratic society, at that time a male-oriented world of pretension and politics. Burney is noted for her exploration of the lives of women in this controversial time, and her sharp criticism of the
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Overview

"Cecilia, or Memoirs of an Heiress", was written by Frances Burney in 1782, shortly after the success of her first novel, "Evelina". The novel tells the story of Cecilia Beverley, a young woman who may only receive an inheritance from her uncle upon marrying a man who agrees to take the name Beverley. The work is a scathing commentary on English aristocratic society, at that time a male-oriented world of pretension and politics. Burney is noted for her exploration of the lives of women in this controversial time, and her sharp criticism of the social climate. Admirers of Burney's works include Dr. Samuel Johnson, William Makepeace Thackeray and Jane Austen, who may have taken the title of "Pride and Prejudice" from the lines of this very novel. Although the story is set in 18th Century London, the obstacles of gender politics and the female identity remain relevant today.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781420940466
  • Publisher: Neeland Media
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Pages: 548
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.22 (d)

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

    Entertaining and Relevant

    I like Frances Burney and enjoyed her first novel Evelina a great deal. As a result, I ordered this book. One thing that struck me about this novel is that in addition to being written well it is entertaining and still relevant.

    Anyone who wants to overextend themselves financially in order to "keep up with the Joneses" or to "maintain appearances" cant help but understand the absurdity of such an enterprese and the dire consequences of doing so after reading this book. I mention this as one example of a relevant social issue that just sort of "exists" as you read about the heroine and what is going on in her life.

    In the end she has to make a choice, does she "bet the bank" on love or does she continue to live, what for all appearances is,a fulfilling life as an independent woman. Thr story ends with some assurance that she made the right choice.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2005

    A MUST for any Jane Austen fan

    Fanny Burney's novels, especially 'Cecelia,' are a must for any Austen fan. As Austen's role model, Burney writes novels that are witty, fast paced, and filled with societial critique and romance. Do not be discouraged by the length every moment is so enjoyable that you wish 'Ceceila' were even longer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2004

    The Best of Burney's

    The first book i read by this authour was Evelina and I decided when i finished it that it was definetly the best book she wrote (even though i hadn't read any other book by her then) but my mind surely changed after I read this absolutley AWESOME book Cecilia.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    recommend

    It is reprinted from the original so you have to get used to the "s" looks like an "f" thing--after you get used to it, kinda fun.
    A lot like a Jane Austen novel
    Has a few too many characters to keep track of for my tastes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

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    ... you there?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Amber

    So good! I love it!

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