Frances Burney: The Life in the Works

Frances Burney: The Life in the Works

by Margaret Anne Doody


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Treating Frances Burney (1752–1840) with the seriousness usually reserved for later novelists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Margaret Anne Doody combines biographical narrative with informed literary criticism as she analyzes not only Burney's published novels, but her plays, fragments of novels, poems, and other works never published. Doody also draws upon a mine of letters and diaries for detailed and sometimes surprising biographical information. Burney's feelings and emotions forcefully emerge in her sophisticated and complex late novels, Camilla and The Wanderer. Her novels all relate to personal experience; as an artist she is attracted to the violent, the grotesque, and the macabre. She is a powerful comic writer, but her comedy is far from reflecting a shallow cheerfulness. Bringing a novelist's perspective to her material, in this 1989 book Doody shows an appreciation of the many dimensions of a predecessor's writings and she tells her story with force and conviction.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521158923
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/26/2012
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 478
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations and short titles; A Burney family tree; Introduction; 1. Frances: or, a young lady's entrance into life; 2. Evelina: or A Young Lady's Entrance into the World; 3. The Witlings: the finished comedy; 4. Cecilia: or, Memoirs of an Heiress; 5. Love, loss, and imprisonment: the Windsor and Kew tragedies; 6. Marriage, 'Clarinda', and Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth; 7. Camilla: mysteries, clues, and guilty characters; 8. Incest, bereavement, and the late comic plays; 9. The Wanderer: or, Female Difficulties: revolution, the Rights of Women, and 'The Wild Edifice'; 10. End of story; Conclusion; Notes; Index; Index of works.

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