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Evelina: Or The History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World

ISBN : 9780199536931

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¥1,639
Author: 
Frances Burney; Edward A. Bloom
Pages
512 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
126 x 195 mm
Pub date
Aug 2008
Series
Oxford World's Classics
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Lord Orville did me the honour to hand me to the coach, talking all the way of the honour I had done him! O these fashionable people!'

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.

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About the author: 

Vivien Jones, Senior Lecturer in English, University of Leeds, and Edward A. Bloom, Deceased, formerly Professor of English, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

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