Evelina: Or the History of A Young Ladys Entrance into the World

Paperback | September 14, 2008

byFrances Burney, Vivien JonesEditorEdward A. Bloom

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'Lord Orville did me the honour to hand me to the coach, talking all the way of the honour I had done him! O these fashionable people!'Frances Burney's first and most enduringly popular novel is a vivid, satirical, and seductive account of the pleasures and dangers of fashionable life in late eighteenth-century London. As she describes her heroine's entry into society, womanhood and, inevitably, love, Burney exposes thevulnerability of female innocence in an image-conscious and often cruel world where social snobbery and sexual aggression are played out in the public arenas of pleasure-gardens, theatre visits, and balls. But Evelina's innocence also makes her a shrewd commentator on the excesses and absurditiesof manners and social ambitions - as well as attracting the attention of the eminently eligible Lord Orville.Evelina, comic and shrewd, is at once a guide to fashionable London, a satirical attack on the new consumerism, an investigation of women's position in the late eighteenth century, and a love story. The new introduction and full notes to this edition help make this richness all the more readilyavailable to a modern reader.

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'Lord Orville did me the honour to hand me to the coach, talking all the way of the honour I had done him! O these fashionable people!'Frances Burney's first and most enduringly popular novel is a vivid, satirical, and seductive account of the pleasures and dangers of fashionable life in late eighteenth-century London. As she describ...

Vivien Jones, Senior Lecturer in English, University of Leeds. Edward A. Bloom, Deceased, formerly Professor of English, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.91 inPublished:September 14, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199536937

ISBN - 13:9780199536931

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just amazing!! If you like any of Jane Austen's books, you'll love this. I'd describe this has basically Pride and Prejudice, but a whole lot funnier and embarrassing (in a good way) for the reader. Evelina's entrance into London Society comes with a lot of embarrassing moments for her, which makes it a little painful to read, but oh so worth it. Burney's writing is very similar to Austen's, and we see little nods to Burney in Austen's writing, so if you've already read some Austen or any other Romantic author, Burney's writing won't be too hard to grasp. But either way, I think everyone should read this to get a good laugh, and I can't wait for this to be turned into a movie one day. #plumreview
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`Fanny Burney's first novel Evelina was the chick-lit novel of 1778 - all about a young girl's adventures in London, and one of the best of its kind ever written...the Oxford World's Classics edition has a knowledgeable preface by Edward A. Bloom'Derwent May, the Times