Cecilia, or Memoirs of an Heiress

Cecilia, or Memoirs of an Heiress


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Cecilia, or Memoirs of an Heiress by Frances Burney

Cecilia is an heiress, but she can only keep her fortune if her husband will consent to take her surname. Fanny Burney's unusual love story and deft social satire was much admired on its first publication in 1782 for its subtle interweaving of comedy, humanity and social analysis.

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ISBN-13: 9780199552382
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 07/22/1999
Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages: 1056
Sales rank: 430,825
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 2.00(d)

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Cecilia; or, Memoirs of an heiress 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
yukiji More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
LibbyNY More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good! I love it!
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To anyone considering buying this book. It appears as though Echo publishing has just recently been started as a business. On that note, my experience with them has been horrible. Their books not only contain numerous amounts of 'typos' but also contain false information.