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Cambridge Companion to Frances Burney

Cambridge Companion to Frances Burney

Cambridge Companion to Frances Burney
Edited by Peter Sabor

Published as part of the Cambridge Companions series.



From the back-cover:

Frances Burney (1752-1840) was the most successful female novelist of the eighteenth century. Her first novel Evelina was a publishing sensation; her follow-up novels Cecilia and Camilla were regarded as among the best fiction of the time and were much admired by Jane Austen.

Burney's life was equally remarkable: a protegée of Samuel Johnson, lady-in-waiting at the court of George III, later wife of an emigré aristocrat and stranded in France during the Napoleonic Wars, she published her final novel, The Wanderer, in 1814, and lived on into the reign of Queen Victoria. Her journals and letters are now widely read as a rich source of information about the Court, social conditions and cultural changes over her long lifetime. This Companion is the first volume to cover all her works, including her novels, plays, journals and letters, in a comprehensive and accessible way. It also includes discussion of her critical reputation, and a guide to further reading.



Table of Contents

Chronology and Introduction Peter Sabor
1. The Burney Family Kate Chisholm
2. Evelina and Cecilia Jane Spencer
3. Camilla and The Wanderer Sara Salih
4. Burney as dramatist Tara Wallace
5. Journals and letters John Wiltshire
6. Burney and politics Margaret Anne Doody
7. Burney and gender Vivien Jones
8. Burney and society Betty Rizzo
9. Burney and the literary marketplace George Justice
10. The Afterlife and further reading Lorna Clark



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