But her enjoyment soon turns to mortification at the hands of her vulgar and capricious grandmother, and the rakish Sir Clement Willoughby, who torments the naive young woman with his unwanted advances. And while her aristocratic father refuses to acknowledge her legitimacy, Evelina can hold no hope of happiness with the man she loves. With its ingenious combination of romance and satire, comedy and melodrama, Evelina is a sparkling depiction of the dangers and delights of fashionable society. Her enormously successful novel Evelina, written in her mid-twenties, creates a magical picture of the particularly clever, vigorous and leisured society at whose heart she stood…. More about Frances Burney.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Evelina by Frances Burney. Evelina by Frances Burney ,. Edward A. Bloom Editor. 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 the vulnerability of female innocence in an image-conscious and often cruel world where so 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 the vulnerability 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 absurdities of 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.
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Get A Copy. Published July 18th by Oxford University Press first published More Details Original Title. Evelina Anville , Rev. Dubois , Mr. Macartney , Mr. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Evelina , please sign up. Is this a clean book? Could a child or young teen read this?
Norielle It's clean, but I'm more than positive a child will not be able to appreciate it, also, the language might be a bit more difficult and for a teen this …more It's clean, but I'm more than positive a child will not be able to appreciate it, also, the language might be a bit more difficult and for a teen this book might be slow-paced and sometimes boring.
It is a lovely book, I'm enjoying it, but I know my 16 year old self would not have thought so. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Can anyone explain who is M. Bu Bois? I understand that he is Madame Duval's friend but I can't figure out the nature of the relationship. At first I believed it was a romantic relationship that they didn't open acknowledge, but that everyone was aware of. However, I recently read the scene where he said he loves Evelina so now I'm confused.
SpindelyShankz I believe they're just companions, although Madame Duvel believes he is in love with her. This is the reason she's so angry when she learns he has des …more I believe they're just companions, although Madame Duvel believes he is in love with her. This is the reason she's so angry when she learns he has designs on Evelina.
See 2 questions about Evelina…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Evelina. Nov 14, Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it Shelves: epistolary , 18th-c-brit. This is a very good 18th century epistolary novel. The prose is precise and elegant, the voices of the various letter writers are well delineated and individualized, and the author makes us admire the heroine and fret over the difficulties which obstruct her happiness.
The two lovers—the naive Evelina and the elegant Lord Orville—exhibit sentiment and good sense even in the midst of misunderstandings in a way that looks forward to Austen, and the misunderstandings themselves are both credible an This is a very good 18th century epistolary novel. The two lovers—the naive Evelina and the elegant Lord Orville—exhibit sentiment and good sense even in the midst of misunderstandings in a way that looks forward to Austen, and the misunderstandings themselves are both credible and interesting.
The novel is, however, not completely successful. These zanies soon take a back seat, however, and the novel resolves itself in a way that is both harmonious and satisfying. Characters are continually commenting on the delicacy of sensibility that may serve to distinguish the superior person from the ordinary one.
It is easy to make fun of this literary fashion, but some of the events in the novel--I'm thinking of the abduction, terrorizing and humiliation of the middle-aged Mme. Duval as a practical joke and the wager of two respectable noblemen on a race between two infirm old ladies--are treated in such a cavalier fashion by even this well-bred young female author that I have become convinced that eighteenth century society desperately needed the sentimental impulse--and its embodiment in popular fiction--as a civilizing force.
View all 11 comments. Once upon a time in a rural home, many miles from any city lived a girl of seventeen of exquisite beauty with a country parson the humble Reverend Arthur Villars, a kindly old man of the cloth, her foster parent; Evelina of obscure birth, the rest of her name in doubt, maybe Anville This lady needless to say unsophisticated in the ways of the world is about to set heart Once upon a time in a rural home, many miles from any city lived a girl of seventeen of exquisite beauty with a country parson the humble Reverend Arthur Villars, a kindly old man of the cloth, her foster parent; Evelina of obscure birth, the rest of her name in doubt, maybe Anville This lady needless to say unsophisticated in the ways of the world is about to set hearts beating faster when she makes a visit, her first to the great metropolis of uncountable attractions, none better than she London.
A crisis before that though , her sleazy grandmother, Madame Duval a woman who abandoned the orphan girl, is arriving from France, to take over from the parson, the old lady smells money, the reluctant Rev.
Villars dreads the change. Scared , uncomfortable more child than an adult brought there by a family friend Mrs. Mirvan, and her daughter Maria almost a sister to the uneasy Evelina. Another element to put in the pot and stir the plot, Mrs. Mirvan's husband , a rough, salty sea captain is returning after seven long years, the uncouth man, no gentleman, likes causing trouble Grandmother and the captain spark trouble, more like a forest fire, when they meet in the city.
The nightmare begins Lovel, well dressed , much better than the ladies Blushes are common on the pretty face of the girl, tongue -tied, feeling faint, she runs away but gets further into the trap The wealthy privileged men think they're entitled to all of the lower classes. Young gangs of boys are tormentors of Evelina when she is out in the streets with her friends, viewing the sights Sir Clement Willoughby doesn't know the meaning of no, always trying to make Evelina do things not in her nature The girl in only six or seven months finds herself becoming very well educated However there is another Lord, young , good-looking, manners that never offend, a charming, debonair man Lord Orville, but can he be trusted or is he just another phony?
This surprisingly well written, biting satire, nevertheless an entertaining book by Fanny Burney, as she dives deep into the upper crust and shows its shortcomings, warts and all, and the people of 18th -century England , they reveal a complex society of good and bad View all 8 comments. Who'd have thought that reading the long interior monologue that is Ducks, Newburyport would lead to reading the long interior monologue that is Evelina —but that's exactly what happened.
Lucy Ellmann mentioned Jane Austen's Persuasion so often in Ducks that I got the urge to reread that book, and in it, I found an intriguing reference to Fanny Burney's novel, Cecilia , so I read that one too, which led me to be curious about what else Fanny Burney had written, which is how I ended up reading Evel Who'd have thought that reading the long interior monologue that is Ducks, Newburyport would lead to reading the long interior monologue that is Evelina —but that's exactly what happened.
It is probably not accurate to say that Evelina is an interior monologue, but it is close to being one since it is almost entirely made up of a young woman's letters to various people in which she writes of everything that has been happening in her life since she last wrote to them.
It's all couched in perfectly constructed sentences and paragraphs of course—which is the very opposite of Lucy Ellmann's narrator's style, but both narrators ponder what it is like to be a woman in their own time, the choices they have made or need to make, the traps they've fallen into.
Both have lost their mothers at a young age too, and feel the lack intensely though other aspects of their lives and circumstances are very different since there are two hundred and fifty years between them as well as an entire ocean. Yes, Ohio of today is very different from England in the s, and not least when it comes to class differences. There don't seem to be any in Ohio which suits Ellmann's narrator perfectly.
But Evelina lives in a society with very rigid class boundaries, and one of her dilemmas is the fact that she doesn't belong in any of them since her mother is dead and her father has never acknowledged her or his marriage to her mother.
Evelina has a quite grotesque grandmother too, who, though wealthy, has no status in society, so the poor girl is doubly, triply, hampered. Her indeterminate situation reflects the situation of the book itself in a way.
While the central themes of this 'marriage plot' story are treated seriously, large sections revolve around a rambunctious ships captain and his hilarious confrontations with various other mettlesome characters. The captain's every word and action certainly scuttles many of the claims Evelina's personal story might have to seriousness. The shouting matches between her and the captain, and the ridiculous schemes he comes up with to outwit her, reminded me of the culinary meaning of the word 'farce': in French, it means 'stuffing'.
The book is full of stuffing, and I'm certain that the readers of Burney's day, brought up as they would have been on Restoration Comedy which is stuffed with Farce, must have enjoyed it very much. I enjoyed it myself.
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Evelina was the first novel that Frances Burney published, but it was not the first she wrote. She gathered this story with her other childhood writings to burn it all at age To Nobody, then, will I write my Journal! No secret can I conceal from Nobody, and to Nobody can I be ever unreserved. Evelina was first printed anonymously in
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Evelina traces the social development of an indifferently reared young girl who is unsure of herself and subject to errors of manners and judgment but eventually overcomes her deficiencies and manages to marry. Innovative in its coolly detached treatment of contemporary manners and its use of the erring and uncertain conduct of the heroine for its plot development, Evelina pointed the way for the novels of Jane Austen. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. See Article History.
London: T. Lowndes, Reprinted New York: W. I will not, however, with the futility of apologies, intrude upon your time, but briefly acknowledge the motives of my temerity; lest, by a premature exercise of that patience which I hope will befriend me, I should lessen its benevolence, and be accessary to my own condemnation. Without name, without recommendation, and unknown alike to success and disgrace, to whom can I so properly apply for patronage, as to those who publicly profess themselves Inspectors of all literary performances? The extensive plan of your critical observations, — which, not confined to works of utility or ingenuity, is equally open to those of frivolous amusement, — and, yet worse than frivolous, dullness, — encourages me to seek for your protection, since, — perhaps for my sins! To resent, therefore, this offering, however insignificant, would ill become the universality of your undertaking; though not to despise it may, alas!
Evelina , or the History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World , published anonymously in January of , is the first novel written by Frances Burney. It is often considered her best work, and it is certainly her most popular and widely-read. Perhaps its most defining characteristic is that it is an epistolary novel, meaning the story is told exclusively through letters written by several different characters. Most critics consider it to be a "sentimental" novel, and it certainly possesses some components of early Romanticism. Burney's work — Evelina in particular — proved a great influence on later authors like Jane Austen and Maria Edgeworth.