July 1, 2000
July 1, 2000
The reputation of Frances Burney (1752-1840) was largely established with her first novel, Evelina. Published anonymously in 1778, it is an epistolary account of a sheltered young woman's entrance into society and her experience of family. Its comedy ranges from the violent practical joking reminiscent of Smollett's fiction to witty repartee that influenced Austen.The Broadview edition is based on the second edition of the novel (1779), which incorporates Burney's revisions and corrections. Its appendices include contemporary reviews of Evelina as well as eighteenth-century works on the family and on comedy.
Fanny Burney's lighthearted first novel, completed after nine years of secret labor, was published anonymously in January 1778. Before the end of that year, it had gone through four editions--a huge popular success. In Burney's own words, it is the story, written in letters, of a young woman "of obscure birth, but conspicuous beauty," who "makes, at the age of seventeen, her first appearance upon the great and busy stage of life; with a virtuous mind, a cultivated understanding, and a feeling heart, her ignorance of the forms, and inexperience in the manners of the world, occasion all the little incidents which these volumes record." As a chronicle of life in 18th-century England, EVELINA is incomparable, Burney's heroine is a lovable (and unerringly perfect!) young woman, and the entire novel is leavened by its author's sharp satirical eye.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: Love + Relationships + Sex, Stages of Life, Human Qualities + Behavior, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Conflicts + Dualities, Humorous Fiction, Settings, Types of Characters, General
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Settings, Humorous Fiction, Types of Characters, Conflicts + Dualities, Stages of Life, Human Qualities + Behavior, Love + Relationships + Sex, General, Literary Genres + Types of Novels
- Language: English
- Author: Fanny Burney , Susan Kubica Howard
- Online Item #: 13574473
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-68-7157
- ISBN: 9781551112374
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported