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Evelina

Evelina by Fanny Burney
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In this epistolary novel, we find a young woman named Evelina, who was raised in rural seclusion until her eighteenth year because of her uncertain parentage. Through a series of harrowing and humorous events that take place in London and an English resort town, Evelina learns how to navigate the complex layers of 18th century society and earn the love of a distinguished and honorable nobleman. This comedy of manners often satirizes the society in which it is set; Evelina is a significant precursor to later works by Jane Austen and Maria Edgeworth, whose novels explore many of the same issues. (from Evelina’s wikipedia entry, modified by ettelocin)

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Celebration of Women Writers

EVELINA

OR THE HISTORY OF A YOUNG LADY'S ENTRANCE INTO THE WORLD

1778

BY FANNY BURNEY

ORIGINAL INSCRIPTION: TO DR. BURNEY

Oh, Author of my being! far more dear To me than light, than nourishment, or rest, Hygeia's blessings, Rapture's burning tear, Or the life blood that mantles in my breast!

If in my heart the love of Virtue glows, 'T was planted there by an unerring rule; From thy example the pure flame arose, Thy life, my precept, thy good works, my school.

Could my weak pow'rs thy num'rous virtues trace, By filial love each fear should be repress'd, The blush of Incapacity I'd chace, And stand, Recorder of thy worth, confess'd:

But since my niggard stars that gift refuse, Concealment is the only boon I claim; Obscure be still the unsuccessful Muse, Who cannot raise, but would not sink, thy fame... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - September 6, 2013
Subject: Evelina
The reading by Elizabeth Klett is absolutely terrific. She has made me a fan. I will be trying Wives and Daughters next.


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