Desperately Seeking Advice - Nora
Posted by Liz Anderson on December 26, 1997 at 07:18:00:
In response to The Reef!, written by Cindy on December 26, 1997 at 01:08:54
Chancing upon this discussion group, I've found out what Austenphiles do at Christmas! Fanny Burney was the daughter of an C18 British academic/churchman: she ended up as a lady in waiting to Queen Charlotte (wife to George III) and wrote novels about a generation earlier than Jane Austen. Like Jane, she was poor and needed to earn some money in a genteel occupation. She wrote what was, by today's standards, a blockbuster called 'Evelina'. Her novels are full of improbable circumstances and coincidences. Their religious and moral messages were strong. The whole thing is a trifle exaggerated for our late C20 tastes, but you might find her interesting as a precurser to Austen. Unusual in that she was a successful woman writer, it is quite possible that without Burney, there would be no Austen - and Austen never came within a bull's roar of earning the money that Burney did in her lifetime! Merry Christmas from Australia!
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