To Dr. Burney

Category: Writing & Reading | Type: Historical | Title: Evelina (in Context) | Author: Fanny Burney | Ch: Original Inscription: To Dr. Burney

The first edition published anonymously and inscribed "To______  ______," concealed Burney's authorship both from her father and readers who might have identified her through her distinguished parent.  Dr. Burney did not become aware that Fanny had written Evelina until six months after its publication.  By then the novel was widely acclaimed and Dr. Burney could enjoy introducing his accomplished daughter to his friends, writers and artists like Samuel Johnson and Richard Sheridan, for whom the Thrale's Streatham was a center.  

 

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