Synopses & Reviews
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. The new introduction and full notes to this edition help make this richness all the more readily available to a modern reader.
"Students like the format and selection of notes. The information given seems pertinent and helpful. I like the illustrations included in the edition."--D. Fulkerson, Ohio Northern Univ.
"An excellent edition - fine introduction, notes, and chronology. Both scholarly and easy to read."--Robert Mayer, Oklahoma State University
"This is a most attractive and useful edition of an increasingly central text of the early English novel. I wholeheartedly urge adoption of this version for students at all levels."--Laura Dabundo, Kennesaw State College
"The best edition on the market."--David Mazella, University of Houston
Frances Burney's "Evelina", is at once a guide to fashionable late 18th-century London, a satirical attack on the new consumerism, an investigation of women's position, and a love story. This volume includes an introduction and notes for the modern reader.