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Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay, Author of Evelina, Cecilia, &c.

In Seven Volumes

Edited by Her Niece [Charlotte Francis Barrett]

1842-6 - London - Henry Colburn

8" by 5"; (xxviii) 436pp; (ix) 434pp; 477pp; 427pp; 445pp; 377pp [+ 24pp]; 401pp [+ 8pp].

 
 
 


 

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A collection of the Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay edited by her niece.

Complete in seven volumes.

Volume I covers the period 1778 to 1780, volume II covers the period 1781 to 1786, volume III covers the period 1786 to 1787, volume IV covers the period 1788 to 1789, volume V covers the period 1789 to 1793, volume VI covers the period 1793 to 1812 and volume VII  covers the period 1813 to 1840.

Frances Burney (13 June 1752 6 January 1840), also known as Fanny Burney and, after her marriage, as Madame dArblay, was an English novelist, diarist and playwright. She was born in Lynn Regis, now Kings Lynn, England, on 13 June 1752, to musical historian Dr Charles Burney (17261814) and Mrs Esther Sleepe Burney (172562). The third of six children, she was self-educated and began writing what she called her scribblings at the age of ten.

In 1793, aged forty-two, she married a French exile, General Alexandre D'Arblay. Their only son, Alexander, was born in 1794. After a lengthy writing career, and travels that took her to France for more than ten years, she settled in Bath, England, where she died on 6 January 1840.

Frances Burney was a novelist, diarist and playwright. She wrote in total four novels, eight plays, one biography and twenty volumes of journals and letters. She gains critical respect in her own right, but also foreshadows such novelists of manners with a satirical bent as Jane Austen and Thackeray. She published her first novel, Evelina, anonymously in 1778. When the book's authorship was revealed, it brought her almost immediate fame due to its unique narrative and comic strengths. She followed with Cecilia in 1782, Camilla in 1796 and The Wanderer in 1814.

All of Burneys novels explore the lives of English aristocrats, and satirise their social pretensions and personal foibles, with an eye to larger questions such as the politics of female identity. With one exception, Burney never succeeded in having her plays performed, largely due to objections from her father, who thought that publicity from such an effort would be damaging to her reputation. The exception was Edwy and Elgiva, which unfortunately was not well received by the public and closed after the first nights performance.

CONDITION

Re-backed in contemporary brown cloth bindings with gilt lettering to the spines. Externally, generally smart, lightly rubbed in places.  Corners are bumped. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright and clean with some scattered light foxing. Overall: GOOD.

 


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