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Frances Burney : The Life in the Works - Margaret Anne Doody

Frances Burney

The Life in the Works

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Published: 26th January 2012
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Treating Frances Burney (1752-1840) with the seriousness usually reserved for later novelists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Margaret Anne Doody combines biographical narrative with informed literary criticism as she analyzes not only Burney's published novels, but her plays, fragments of novels, poems, and other works never published. Doody also draws upon a mine of letters and diaries for detailed and sometimes surprising biographical information. Burney's feelings and emotions forcefully emerge in her sophisticated and complex late novels, Camilla and The Wanderer. Her novels all relate to personal experience; as an artist she is attracted to the violent, the grotesque, and the macabre. She is a powerful comic writer, but her comedy is far from reflecting a shallow cheerfulness. Bringing a novelist's perspective to her material, Doody shows an appreciation of the many dimensions of a predecessor's writings and she tells her story with force and conviction.

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Abbreviations and Short Titlesp. xiv
A Burney Family Treep. xvi
Introductionp. 1
Frances; or, A Young Lady's Entrance into Lifep. 9
Evelina; or, A Young Lady's Entrance into the Worldp. 35
The Witlings: The Finished Comedyp. 66
Cecilia; or, Memoirs of an Heiressp. 99
Love, Loss, and Imprisonment: The Windsor and Kew Tragediesp. 150
Marriage, "Clarinda," and Camilla; or, A Picture of Youthp. 199
Camilla: Mysteries, Clues, and Guilty Charactersp. 239
Incest, Bereavement, and the Late Comic Playsp. 274
The Wanderer; or, Female Difficulties: Revolution, the Rights of Woman, and "The Wild Edifice"p. 313
End of Storyp. 369
Conclusionp. 385
Notesp. 391
Indexp. 427
Index of Worksp. 438
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ISBN: 9780521158923
ISBN-10: 0521158923
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 478
Published: 26th January 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.7