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Fanny Burney - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Fanny Burney

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Fanny Burney, author of Camilla, Evelina, The Wanderer and Cecilia: Memoirs of an Heiress
Fanny Burney   (1752 - 1840)
 
Category:  English Literature
 
Born: 1752
King's Lynn, England
 
Died: 1840
 
Related authors:
Edmund Burke, Henry Fielding, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Samuel Johnson, Virginia Woolf
 
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Fanny Burney - LIFE STORIES
 
 
1/6/1840     "The Mother of English Fiction"
On this day in 1840 Fanny Burney died. Burney's four novels have earned her favorable comparisons to other giants of the genre-Austen, Richardson, Dickens-and Virginia Woolf's declaration that she is "the mother of English fiction." If a best-seller and a celebrity in her own day, it is as a diarist that Burney is now best known-one who was eye-witness to The Madness of King George, and who enlivened the later years of Samuel Johnson.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Camilla
fiction
 
Cecilia: Memoirs of an Heiress
fiction
 
Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, Vol. 3: The Streatham Years: Part 1, 1778-1779
by Fanny Burney, Lars E. Troide, Stewart J. Cooke
letters
 
Evelina: or, The History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World
fiction
 
The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, Vol. 1
letters
 
The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, Vol. 2: 1774-1777
by Fanny Burney, Lars E. Troide (Editor)
letters
 
The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, Vol. 3 Part 2: The Streatham Years, 1780-1781
by Fanny Burney, Betty Rizzo (Editor)
letters
 
The Wanderer; Or, Female Difficulties
fiction
 
 
FIND BOOKS BY FANNY BURNEY AT Powell's Books
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Equivocal Beings: Politics, Gender, and Sentimentality in the 1790s: Wollstonecraft, Radcliffe, Burney, Austen
by Claudia L. Johnson
criticism and analysis
 
Faithful Handmaid: Fanny Burney at the Court of King George III
by Hester Davenport
biography, history
 
Fanny Burney: A Biography
by Claire Harman
biography
 
Frances Burney
by Katharine M. Rogers
criticism and analysis
 
Frances Burney, Dramatist: Gender, Performance, and the Late-Eighteenth-Century Stage
by Barbara Darby
criticism and analysis
 
Frances Burney: A Literary Life
by Janice Farrar Thaddeus
biography, criticism and analysis
 
Frances Burney: The Life in the Works
by Margaret Anne Doody
biography
 
Known Scribbler: Frances Burney on Literary Life
by Justine Crump
criticism and analysis
 
Memoirs of Dr. Charles Burney, 1726-1769
by Charles Burney, Kerry S. Grant (Editor)
memoirs
 
Narrative Techniques in the Novels of Fanny Burney
by Tracy Edgar Daugherty
criticism and analysis
 
Pope to Burney, 1714-1779 : Scriblerians to Bluestockings
by Moyra Haslett
criticism and analysis
 
The Iron Pen: Frances Burney and the Politics of Women's Writing
by Julia Epstein
criticism and analysis
 
World of Fanny Burney
by Evelyn Farr
biography
 
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A Celebration of Women Writers
Find a bibliography of works by the author, separated into fiction, non-fiction, journals and letters, plays, and selected biographies and critical studies.
Frances (Fanny) Burney d'Arblay (1752-1840)
This website by Ellen Moody, a professor of English literature at George Mason University, offers commentary on Evelina, Cecilia, or Memoirs of an Heiress, Camilla, and other works.

"contemporaries did not forget her once they read her books, met or heard about her. ... If you want vivid records of early phases of consumer life in England and France, great cities and small; of private theatricals, riot, fire and flight; of a mad yet discerning king; of how it feels to live at court or in a city near which armies are massing just before, during, and after battle; of travelling as an unarmed, powerless individual through a countryside crowded with soldiers and officials fighting both a civil and foreign war to reach a disabled aging soldier-husband, you read Burney. Fanny's gifts include an ability to recognize the universal in the salient in epitomizing dramatic scenes. She left us a vast slew of non-fictional texts whose excitement derives from her drive to dramatize how the public world impinges on, pressures, frustrates and controls her -- and anyone who has been in her position."
Online Books Page
Find the electronic texts to:

  • Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth

  • Cecilia: or, Memoirs of an Heiress

  • The Diary and Letters of Madame d'Arblay

  • Dr. Johnson & Fanny Burney

  • Evelina: or, The History of a Young Lady's Entrance Into the World
  • Wikipedia
    A short biography offers insights into Burney's influences, the critical reception to her works, and a variety of annecdotes about the writer's life.

    "Her father's drawing-room, where she met many of the chief musicians, actors and authors of the day, was Fanny's only school, but he had a huge library.... Her diary contains the record of her reading. Her stepmother discouraged of scribbling, so Fanny made a bonfire of her manuscripts, among them a History of Caroline Evelyn, a story containing an account of Evelina's mother. Luckily her journal survived. The first entry in it was made on May 30, 1768, and it extended over seventy-two years."
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