Evelina

Or, the History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World

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Author: Fanny Burney (Madame d'Arblay)
Published: 1778
Language: English
Wordcount: 156,485 / 440 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 48.5
LoC Category: PN
Audiobook: www.archive.org
Downloads: 5,269
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Origin: gutenberg.org
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o whose advice she wickedly imputes all the sufferings of her much injured daughter, the late Lady Belmont. The chief purport of her writing I will acquaint you with; the letter itself is not worthy your notice.

She tells me that she has, for many years past, been in continual expectation of making a journey to England, which prevented her writing for information concerning this melancholy subject, by giving her hopes of making personal inquiries; but family occurrences have still detained her in France, which country she now sees no prospect of quitting. She has, therefore, lately used her utmost endeavors to obtain a faithful account of whatever related to her ill-advised daughter; the result of which giving her some reason to apprehend, that, upon her death-bed, she bequeathed an infant orphan to the world, she most graciously says, that if you, with whom she understands the child is placed, will procure authentic proofs of its relationship to her, you may sent it to Paris, where she will properly p

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Average Rating of 5 from 3 reviews: *****
2015.04.25
Leah A. Zeldes
*****

If you are a lover of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, and you haven't read "Evelina," you're in for a treat. This 18th-century English novel, an epistolary comedy of manners, has a romantic plot worthy of Austen, combined with a pointed Dickensian wit and richly humorous characterizations.

Brought up in obscurity in a country parson's household, shy, lovely young Evelina finds her introduction to the wider world and society and her first experiences in meeting young men a challenge, especially after encountering her vividly vulgar grandmother for the first time.

2011.08.27
Linda Otto
*****

I love Fanny Burney. I first read Evelina in the 1970s when I was feeling bereft because I had just finished reading everything by Jane Austen, and as far as I was concerned, there was nothing left worth reading. Enter Evelina. I loved it. I have wondered ever since if it was as good as I remembered. It is. Fanny Burney writes very well. I am on to Cecilia and Camilla and then to Fanny's famous personal diaries. Thanks Manybooks for finding these wonderful volumes.

2009.11.22
Rogelio
*****

If you like Austen books you will like this novel as well, in spite of being less realistic than Austen ones.
I was truly surprised with Fanny Burney, an author I didn't know about. I read first this Evelina, then Cecilia, and now I am reading Camilla. I recommend them all.
Rogelio
Zaragoza, Spain.


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