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The text is that of the third edition text of this influential novel, which incorporates all of Burney’s changes.
"Contexts and Contemporary Reactions" illuminates eighteenth-century culture with selections from conduct books for women. Extracts from
Burney’s letters and journals and five contemporary reviews are also included.
"Criticism" presents a superb selection of critical writing about the novel.
The critics include Anna Letitia Barbauld, William Hazlitt, John Wilson
Croker, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Virginia Woolf, Joyce Hemlow, Martha
G. Brown, Kenneth W. Graham, Kristina Straub, Gina Campbell, Susan
Fraiman, amd Margaret Anne Doody.
A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are included.
This is an utterly delightful book, in which I would definitely recommend. If you adore Jane Austen you will fall in love with this story. It is very easy to read, despite it being written in the 1700s, and it captivates your imagination until the end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 4, 2003
Posted July 17, 2001
I was assigned to read Evelina by a college professor and dragged my feet about reading it. An avid reader, I rarely like any assigned books half as much as the ones I'd pick up on my own, but when I finally forced myself to pick it up at the library and start I found I couldn't put it down. Literally, I liked it so much that I'd walk to and from my classes while reading. I loved the descriptions and the wry sense of humor; I felt empathy for the heroine out of her depth (even though there were times I wanted to shake some 'modern' sense into her) and I found the footnotes and indexes interesting and enlightening. I started the novel two weeks behind the rest of my class and finished it in two days. I absolutely loved it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.