Evelina: Or The History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World

Evelina: Or The History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World

by Fanny Burney

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Evelina: Or The History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World by Fanny Burney

You must learn not only to judge but to act for yourself.
Evelina, or the History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World is a novel written by English author Fanny Burney and first published in 1778.
As she describes her heroine's entry into society, womanhood and, inevitably, love, Burney exposes the vulnerability of female innocence in an image-conscious and often cruel world where social snobbery and sexual aggression are played out in the public arenas of pleasure-gardens, theatre visits, and balls. But Evelina's innocence also makes her a shrewd commentator on the excesses and absurdities of manners and social ambitions--as well as attracting the attention of the eminently eligible Lord Orville.
Evelina, comic and shrewd, is at once a guide to fashionable London, a satirical attack on the new consumerism, an investigation of women's position in the late eighteenth century, and a love story. The new introduction and full notes to this edition help make this richness all the more readily available to a modern reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781722628703
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/09/2018
Pages: 460
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.93(d)

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Evelina or the History of a Young Lady's Entrance Into the World 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the language is a bit stilted, it didn't take long to get involved in this young woman's story. Not only was the language different, so we're the times and values. Thank heaven women are not, primarily, considered property.
I_am_Heathcliff More than 1 year ago
Written in a series of letters, this novel is witty, funny, romantic, and frustrating.  Evelina, the main character, is new to society and without proper guidance.  She's an orphan whose mom died after giving birth and whose father doesn't know about her.The different characters are very well developed, although written and described from Evelina's point of view.  All in all, an exceptional novel.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An exellent example of the early novel, and very entertaining.