Fanny Burney: A Biography

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Flamingo, 2001 - Novelists, English - 431 pages
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On 13 June 1767, her 15th birthday, Fanny Burney made a bonfire of all her works, with the sincere intention to extinguish for ever in their ashes her scribbling propensity. Fanny was genuinely worried that she might turn into an author, a fate incompatible - for a woman - with respectability.

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User Review  - Murphy-Jacobs - LibraryThing

Interesting biography about the woman commonly considered the first English language female novelist, the predecessor to Jane Austen and the Brontes. Claire Harman does a very good job of detailing ... Read full review

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User Review  - Patricia - Goodreads

This was a fair-minded and well written biography. It was especially interesting to learn about Burney's many creative neologisms. Read full review

About the author (2001)

Claire Harman's first book, a biography of the novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner, was published by Chatto & Windus in 1989 and won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for 'a book of value from a writer of growing stature'. Her second, a life of Fanny Burney (2000), published by HarperCollins, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize. She has edited Warner's Collected Poems (1982) and Diaries (1994) as well as works by Robert Louis Stevenson, a new biography of whom she has just completed. Harman worked for the literary periodical PN Review in the 1980s and has taught at the universities of Manchester and Oxford. She has written for all the major British literary papers and currently teaches a course in creative writing at Columbia University's School of the Arts.

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