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By Frances Burney
Edited by Stewart Cooke
Norton, 1998

From the back-cover:

Anonymously published in 1778, Evelina became an immediate best-seller. A piercing and at times riotous portrait of eighteenth-century society, Burney's novel of manners let the readers who flocked to it (among them Edmund Burke, Samuel Johnson, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and Sir Joshua Reynolds) witness their own reflections. This Norton Critical Edition reprints the third-edition text of this influential novel, which incorporates all of Burney's changes and is the first to use the expanded subtitle "The History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World."

"Contexts and Contemporary Reactions" illuminates eighteenth-century culture with selections from the period's conduct books. Burney's letters and journals extracts provide an autobiographical link. Finally, five contemporary reviews suggest Evelina's intial reception.

"Criticism" includes fourteen essays on Burney's most popular novel, by Anna Letitia Barbauld, William Hazlitt, John Wilson Croker, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Virginia Woolf, Joyce Hemlow, Martha G. Brown, Kenneth W. Graham, Kristina Straub, Gina Campbell, Susan Fraiman, amd Margaret Anne Doody. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are included.

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