Frances Burney: The Life in the Works

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Rutgers University Press, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 441 pages
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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, in this 1989 book Doody shows an appreciation of the many dimensions of a predecessor's writings and she tells her story with force and conviction.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Frances or A Young Ladys Entrance into Life
9
Evelina or A Young Ladys Entrance into
35
The Finished Comedy
66
Cecilia or Memoirs of an Heiress
99
The Windsor
150
Marriage Clarinda and Camilla or A Picture
199
Mysteries Clues and Guilty Characters
239
Incest Bereavement and the Late Comic Plays
274
Revolution
313
End of Story
369
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Margaret Anne Doody has edited and introduced many texts for OWC and Penguin, including novels by Frances Burney and Charlotte Lennox. She is the editor of Austen's Catharine and Other Writings in OWC. She is the author of The True Story of the Novel (HarperCollines/Fontana 1998) and novels
featuring the detective Aristotle. Claire Lamont has edited novels by Walter Scott and Austen for OWC and Penguin. She is the textual editor of Penguin's edition of Jane Austen's novels.

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