Frances Burney

(1752-1840 / King's Lynn)

Frances Burney
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Frances Burney (13 June 1752 – 6 January 1840), also known as Fanny Burney and, after her marriage, as Madame d’Arblay, was an English novelist, diarist and playwright. She was born in Lynn Regis, now King’s Lynn, England, on 13 June 1752, to musical historian Dr Charles Burney (1726–1814) and Mrs Esther Sleepe Burney (1725–62). The third of six children, she was self-educated and began writing what she called her “scribblings” at the age of ten. In 1793, aged forty-two, she married a French exile, General Alexandre D'Arblay. Their only son, Alexander, was born in 1794. After a lengthy writing career, and travels that took her to France for more than ten years, she settled in Bath, England, ... more »

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  • ''I wish the opera was every night. It is, of all entertainments, the sweetest and most delightful. Some of the songs seemed to melt my very soul.''
    Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. Evelina, in Evelina, letter 12 (1778).
  • ''The mind is but too naturally prone to pleasure, but too easily yielded to dissipation.''
    Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. Mr. Villars, in Evelina, letter 4 (1778).
  • ''A youthful mind is seldom totally free from ambition; to curb that, is the first step to contentment, since to diminish expectation is to increase enjoyment.''
    Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. Mr. Villars, in Evelina, letter 4 (1778).
  • This artless young creature [Evelina], with too much beauty to escape notice, has too much sensibility to be indifferent to it; but she has too little wealth to be sought with propriety by men of the ...
    Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. Mr. Villars, in Evelina, letter 4 (1778).
  • ''O heavens! how short a time does it take to put an eternal end to a woman's liberty!''
    Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, p. 17, journal entry, July 20, 1768, ed. Lars E. T...
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