Journals and Letters: Burney, Frances

Overview

Novelist and playwright Frances (Fanny) Burney, 1752-1840, was also a prolific writer of journals and letters, beginning with the diary she started at fifteen and continuing until the end of her eventful life. From her youth in London high society to a period in the court of Queen Charlotte and her years interned in France with her husband Alexandre d'Arblay during the Napoleonic Wars, she captured the changing times around her, creating brilliantly comic and candid portraits of those she encountered - including ...

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Overview

Novelist and playwright Frances (Fanny) Burney, 1752-1840, was also a prolific writer of journals and letters, beginning with the diary she started at fifteen and continuing until the end of her eventful life. From her youth in London high society to a period in the court of Queen Charlotte and her years interned in France with her husband Alexandre d'Arblay during the Napoleonic Wars, she captured the changing times around her, creating brilliantly comic and candid portraits of those she encountered - including the 'mad' King George, Samuel Johnson, Sir Joshua Reynolds, David Garrick and a charismatic Napoleon Bonaparte. She also describes, in her most moving piece, undergoing a mastectomy at fifty-nine without anaesthetic. Whether a carefree young girl or a mature woman, Fanny Burney's forthright, intimate and wickedly perceptive voice brings her world powerfully to life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140436242
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 482,642
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 7.51 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Frances Burney (1752-1840) established her reputation with her novel, 'Evelina' (1778). After a period in Queen Charlotte's court, she and her husband, Alexander d'Arblay, were interned by Napoleon and lived in France until 1815. Widowed in 1818, she spent the rest of her life in London. Peter Sabor is Professor of English at Laval University, Quebec. Lars E Troide is Professor of English and Director of the Burney Papers Project at McGill University, Montreal.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Chronology
Introduction
Further Reading
Family Tree
Manuscript Sources
Note on the Text

Journals and Letters
1768-1777 The Apprentice Years
1778-1781 Evelina and Streatham Park
1782-1786 Cecilia and Prelude to the Court
1786-1791 The Court Years
1791-1792 London and the Western Tour
1793-1795 Courtship and Marriage1796-1802 Camilla and Camilla Cottage
1802-1812 Ten Years in France
1812-1814 Interlude in England: The Wanderer
1814-1815 Waterloo
1815-1818 Final Yeras with d'Arblay
1818-1839 Widowhood
Index

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