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The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, Volume IV : The Streatham Years, Part II, 1780-1781 - Frances Burney

The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, Volume IV

The Streatham Years, Part II, 1780-1781

Hardcover Published: 21st May 2003
ISBN: 9780773505292
Number Of Pages: 584

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This volume of "The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney" covers the years 1780-1781. It marks the young author's introduction into the world following the astonishing success of her novel "Evelina" (1778), and includes her visits to Streatham and her encounters with Hester and Henry Thrale and Dr Johnson. It was an exciting period in her life, which she managed to enjoy despite struggling to repeat her first success while avoiding the often unwelcome attention it brought. But it was also a difficult period in her family life as she dealt with jealous interference by her stepmother, the courtship of her sister Susan by a man she considered untrustworthy, and the misbehaviour of her brothers. Burney's enthusiasm makes the most of her experiences and she describes characters and scenes with all the genius displayed in her novels. Her descriptions contain the four great attributes that distinguish her novels: brilliant handling of detail, total and full recall of conversations characteristic of the speaker, sensibility and empathy for others, and great relish for the ridiculous wherever it occurred.

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"Rizzo's knowledge of the Burney family and most of the relevant contexts required to understand and explain Burney's frames of reference is remarkable. The Streatham Years, Part II, 1780-1781 makes a significant contribution to research and will be essential reading for students of Burney, eighteenth-century literature and history, and women's studies for decades to come." Brian Corman, Department of English, University of Toronto "A magnificent work of scholarship. The Streatham Years, Part II, 1780-1781 makes a valuable addition The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, under the general editorship of Lars Troide. It provides hitherto unpublished material ans contains remarkably extensive and astute annotations by Betty Rizzo. She brings an exceptional grasp of Burney's world to this volume. Scarcely any stone has been left unturned, and almost every appropriate reference work has been put to good use." Peter Sabor, Departement des litteratures, Universite de Laval

ISBN: 9780773505292
ISBN-10: 0773505296
Series: EARLY JOURNALS AND LETTERS OF FANNY BURNEY : Book 4
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 584
Published: 21st May 2003
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.91

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