The Court Journals and Letters of Frances Burney: Volume III and IV: 1788

Paperback | October 11, 2014

EditorLorna Clark

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The third and forth of six volumes that will present in their entirety Frances Burney's journals and letters from July 1786, when she assumed the position of Keeper of the Robes to Queen Charlotte, to her resignation in July 1791. Burney's later journals have been edited as The Journals andLetters of Fanny Burney (Madame d'Arblay), 1791-1840 (12 vols., 1972-84). Her earlier journals have been edited as The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney (4 vols. to date, 1988- ). The Court Journals and Letters of Frances Burney continues the modern editing of Burney's surviving journalsand letters, from 1768 until her death in 1840. 1788 is a crucial year that stands at the heart of the Court Journals and Letters of Frances Burney. Its centrality to Burney's court experience is suggested by the fact that in the first published edition of her Diary and Letters (1842-46) which compressed sixty years' worth of material into sevenvolumes, it took up almost a whole volume. Yet about a third of the text had been suppressed, either deleted by the elderly author or censored by the editor; moreover, the non-diary letters were completely ignored. All of this suppressed material has been restored and is published here, much of itfor the first time. What fascinates readers about the year 1788 are two historic events: the opening of the trial of Warren Hastings and the onset of the "madness" of George III, which precipitated the Regency Crisis. There were personal crises that affected Burney as well and both facets - public and private - areintertwined in a vivid recreation of everyday life at the Georgian court. The years spent as Keeper of the Robes to Queen Charlotte represent a watershed in Burney's life; separated from family, friends, and the dazzling London assemblies in which she could shine, she was oppressed by the monotonousroutine and embarrassed by her position. While initially she tried to accept her fate, eventually she would admit her unhappiness and desire to escape. In this process, 1788 represents a year of transition. It also represents a time of literary experimentation for Burney's suffering was a source ofstrength that tempered her as a writer, inspiring her to embark on a series of tragedies, and honing her skills in copious accounts of the day's transactions. However, she was often behind-hand in writing up her entries (usually by more than a year), so the text that is presented as a daily journalis often written in hindsight. Though composed in the full knowledge of later events, the narrative is skilfully presented as though written up-to-the-minute. The text contained in these volumes, and the commentary that underlines the double time-scheme, may revolutionise our understanding ofBurney's mastery of the epistolary.

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The third and forth of six volumes that will present in their entirety Frances Burney's journals and letters from July 1786, when she assumed the position of Keeper of the Robes to Queen Charlotte, to her resignation in July 1791. Burney's later journals have been edited as The Journals andLetters of Fanny Burney (Madame d'Arblay), 179...

Lorna J. Clark is Research Adjunct Professor in the Department of English at Carleton University. Editor of the Burney Letter since 1999, she is a member of the board of the Burney Society of North America as well as the Editorial Board of The Burney Journal. She has published widely on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women writers...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:776 pagesPublished:October 11, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Volume IIIList of IllustrationsIntroductionEditorial SymbolsShort Titles and AbbreviationsCourt Journals and Letters of Frances Burney from 1 January 1788 to 29 July 1788, Numbers 67-102AppendicesAppendix A: Letter from Thomas Twining to Frances Burney, 20 January 1788Appendix B: Poem. The Petition of a Fan to its Mistress . . . April 1788Volume IVList of IllustrationsCourt Journals and Letters of Frances Burney from 30 July 1788 to late December 1788, Numbers 103-124AppendicesAppendix C: Answers To My Susanna for 1786Appendix D: Cover sheetsIndex