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Written by Adrian
(3/2/2009 2:39 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, JA's novel apologetic and the Thorpes, penned by TimLee
...turn-off in JA's time as in ours? To dismiss a book before he opened it because the author had married a foreigner is certainly bigotry, but would it have been condemned by the public at large when suspicion of the French was certainly present.
The French Revolution started in 1789; Napoleon rose to power in 1799, and Waterloo occurred in 1815. NA was presented to a publisher in 1803 (therefore written slightly earlier) and actually published in 1818.
Fanny Burney (author of Camilla (pub. 1796), according to Wikipedia (which is probably correct on this item) was "married in 1793 at forty-two, to a French exile, General Alexandre D'Arblay."
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