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The Burney Centre at McGill University brings together archival material on the Burney family from around the world. Its holdings include microfilm, photocopies and scans of the major Burney collections at the Berg Collection (New York Public Library), the British Library and the Beinecke Library (Yale University).

The Centre is dedicated to the publication of complete, definitive scholarly editions of the journals and letters of Frances Burney (1752-1840) and the letters and memoirs of her father, the music historian Dr Charles Burney (1726-1814).

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News and Upcoming Events

Burney Society Annual Conferece, "Placing the Burneys"


In conjunction with the Biannual Aphra Behn Society Conference at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, 2-3 November 2017.


Proposals accepted until 15 May 2017.


The Knight Collection at Chawton House


A blogpost by Burney Centre research assistant Jennifer Mueller about cataloguing the book collection once owned by Edward Austen Knight, Jane Austen's brother.


(photo credit: Chawton House Library website)


Frances Burney's The Woman Hater Staged in Cleveland, Ohio


18 August - 4 September 2016

Directed by Christine McBurney, Mamaì Theatre Company


Production photos (photo credit Bob Perkoski)

Preview article

Radio interview



Jane Austen and the Arts

A Bicentennary Conference at SUNY Plattsburgh

23-25 March 2017


The Director of the Burney Centre, Professor Peter Sabor, will present the keynote address.


Podcast "The Great Forgetting: Women Writers Before Austen"

Series One of Hidden Histories Podcast

Aired 6 April - 18 May 2016


Six episodes about eighteenth-century women writers including Frances Burney.


Guest featuring Dr. Sophie Coulombeau, Lecturer at Cardiff University and former Fellow at the Burney Centre.



The Additional Journals and Letters of Frances Burney Volume I: 1784-86

First Volume of Additional Journals and Letters Published

Volume 1 of The Additional Journals and Letters of Frances Burney, 1784-86, edited by Stewart Cooke, published by Oxford University Press, June 2015.

Image of Charles Burney

British Library Series: Charles Burney and his Manuscript Collection

5 June 2015


"The Burney collection of manuscripts... comprising 525 volumes, was assembled by Charles Burney (b. 1757, d. 1817), classicist and bibliophile. Son of the famous historian of music Charles Burney and brother of the novelist Fanny Burney, he was also an avid collector of printed books, newspapers, and playbills, all of which were purchased by the British Museum after his death."


In Our Time: Fanny Burney

BBC Radio 4

Aired 23 April 2015


Presenter Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and work of Frances Burney, Madame D'Arblay.


Memoirs of the Court of George III

Four-volume set, published by Routledge, March 2015.

General Editor:Michael Kassler

Volume Editros: Lorna J Clarke, Micahel Kassler, and Alain Kerhervé

Consultant Editor: Peter Sabor

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The Court Journals and Letters of Frances Burney Volume III and IV: 1788

Third and Fourth Volumes of Court Journals

Volumes 3 and 4 of the Court Journals and Letters of Frances Burney covering 1788, edited by Lorna J. Clarke, published by Oxford University Press, September 2014.


Inauguration of a New Interdisciplinary Scholarly Network - EARN

The EARN (Enlightenment and Romanticism Network) was established in Spring 2014 in the English Department at National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan to promote interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to Enlightenment and Romantic studies.

Simon Macdonald awarded the 2012 Review of English Studies Essay Prize

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Frances Burney

published by Oxford University Press, September 2012


Backstage in the Novel: Frances Burney and the Theater Arts

published by University of Virginia Press, July 2012


Fundraising efforts for Bath Plaques


The Journals and Letters of Susan Burney: Music and Society in Late Eighteenth-Century England

published by Ashgate Press, May 2012



Hemlow Prize in Burney Studies
The Hemlow Prize will be awarded to the best essay written by a graduate student (registered within the last year) on any aspect of the life or writings of Frances Burney or members of the Burney Family.


The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney

Volume 5 of The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, spanning the years 1782-1783, published by McGill-Queen's University Press, April 2012


First Volumes of Court Journals
Volumes 1 and 2 of the Court Journals and Letters of Frances Burney, spanning the years 1786 and 1787, published by Oxford University Press, October 2011.

Burney Society UK Website Launch

Burney Society UK Website Launch
The Burney Society UK has launched a stylish new website, under the direction of Elles Smallegoor. The site provides information on UK events, membership information, and a picture gallery.


Bedazzled by Burney

Sales of Frances Burney Books, Manuscripts & Images from the Paula Peyraud Collection (Chappaqua, New York). Bloomsbury Auctions, New York (May 2009)

Last updated September 2016

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