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  • Evelina | Frances Burney

    Evelina

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Frances Burney
    • Narrated By Judi Dench, Finty Williams, Geoffrey Palmer
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    Fanny Burney's wickedly funny satire follows the trials and romantic adventures of the young and beautiful Evelina as she tries to make her way through 18th-century Britain handicapped by her three great problems: being poor, being illegitimate - and being a girl. Evelina was a raging best seller when it was first published in 1778 and is widely credited with being the first of the great British domestic novels. Burney was a direct influence on her immediate follower, Jane Austen.

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  • Evelina: Or, the History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World | Frances Burney

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

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Frances Burney
    • Narrated By Orson Scott Card, Emily Rankin, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Originally published in 1778, Evelina is Frances Burney's first and most beloved novel. It was a landmark in the development of the novel of manners and went on to influence such enduringly popular authors as Jane Austen. By turns hilarious and grim, witty and lyrical, the story follows young Evelina as she leaves the seclusion of her country home and enters into late eighteenth-century London society - both its pleasures and its dangers. Life in eighteenth-century England is vividly rendered as Evelina is educated in the ways of the world and, eventually, love.

    J. Wachter says: "Great classic"
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