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A Celebration of Frances Burney

Editor(s): Lorna J. Clark

Book Description

On the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the birth of the writer Frances Burney (1752–1840), a window to her memory was placed in the arched recess of stained glass that graces Poets’ Corner. Novelist, playwright and diarist, Frances Burney is one of the few women accorded such an honour. She joins the likes of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot who might in some ways be seen as her literary heirs. Burney’s journey to recognition on the stage of the world has been a long one, crowned finally with triumph.

The service marked the mid-point of a two-day conference in which various aspects of Burney’s life and achievement were canvassed. Her journals and letters, her novels and plays (both comedies and tragedies), her life, family and context were all given serious scholarly treatment.

This volume includes the papers presented at the conference, which cover the many facets of a remarkable career and represent the broad spectrum of scholarly approaches to the entire opus of Frances Burney. It shows how far Burney has come from being dismissed as a minor precursor to Jane Austen to being recognized in her own right as a powerful, complex and influential writer, whose works had considerable impact on her own and subsequent generations.


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8320-0
ISBN-10: 1-84718-320-4
Date of Publication: 01/10/2007
Pages / Size: 250 / A5
Price: £39.99


Lorna J. Clark is Research Adjunct Professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Editor of The Letters of Sarah Harriet Burney (1997), she has contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and the Encyclopedia of British Women Writers (Rutgers) and has published on eighteenth- and nineteenth- century writers such as Jane Austen, Frances Burney, Mary Shelley and Richard Cumberland. Editor of the Burney Letter since 1999, she is currently working on an edition of The Romance of Private Life by Sarah Harriet Burney for Pickering and Chatto as well as two volumes of The Court Journals of Frances Burney for Oxford University Press.