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Published by The Folio Society, London, 1961. The book is in very good condition, with the original gilt-blocked decorated red cloth boards, that has very minimal wear or damage. Good spine which is slightly sunned. The book includes 12 black and white illustrations, as well as decortaed endpapers. A selection from the diary's and letters of the English satirical novelist, diarist and playwright Frances Burney, edited by John Wain


Fanny Burney (and later as Madame d'Arblay), began her "scribblings" at the age of ten. From 1786 to 1790 she was held the unusual courtier appointment as "Keeper of the Robes" to Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, George III's queen. In 1793, aged 41, she married a French exile, General Alexandre D'Arblay. Their only son Alexander was born in 1794.


Of her four novels, the first, Evelina (1778), was the most successful, and remains the most highly regarded and she also foreshadowed such novelists of manners with a satirical bent as Jane Austen and William Makepeace Thackeray. Most of her plays remained unperformed in her lifetime. She also wrote a memoir of her father (1832) and many letters and journals, which have been gradually published since 1889.

Fanny Burney's Diary: A Selection from the diary and letters

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