Evelina: Or the History of A Young Lady's Entrance into the World (Oxford World's Classics)

Evelina: Or the History of A Young Lady's Entrance into the World (Oxford World's Classics)

by Frances Burney (Author), EdwardA.Bloom (Contributor), VivienJones (Contributor)

Synopsis

'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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Format: Paperback
Pages: 512
Edition: New edition
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Published: 18 Apr 2002

ISBN 10: 0192840312
ISBN 13: 9780192840318