The Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay, Volume 1
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Fanny Burney, one of the most important British novelists of the eighteenth century, led an extraordinary life. Not one to take “no” for an answer, Burney had willpower and spirit uncommon among women of her day. As the French Revolution raged in the 1790s, Burney’s radical political sympathies brought her close to French rebels who had sought refuge in England. In 1793, at the height of the Revolution, to the great dismay of her family she married one of these refugees, a former general named Alexandre d’Arblay. Regardless of political or personal turmoil, Burney never missed a beat of her thriving literary career. From her successes as an author to life and love in France during the first years of Napoleon’s reign to her dangerous brush with breast cancer, which she survived only through excruciating surgery, Burney kept a written record of all that happened to her. Her Diary and Letters, published under her married name of Madame d’Arblay, are a fascinating portrait of life at a pivotal time in English and European history and an incredible testament to the intelligence and courage of one of literature’s greatest stars.
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"The Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay," edited by her niece, Mrs. Barrett, were originally published in seven volumes, during the years 1842-1846. The work comprised but a portion of the diary and voluminous correspondence of its gifted writer, for the selection of which Madame ...
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