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

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

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Evelina, the first of Burney's novels, was published anonymously and brought her immediate fame. It tells the story of a young girl, fresh from the provinces, whose initiation into the ways of the world is frequently painful, though it leads to self-discovery, moral growth, and, finally, happiness. Hilarious comedy and moral gravity make the novel a fund of entertainment and wisdom. Out of the graceful shifts from the idyllic to the near-tragic and realistic, Evelina emerges as a fully realized character. And out of its treatment of contrasts - the peace of the countryside and the cultured and social excitement of London and Bristol, the crowd of life-like vulgarians and the elegant gentry - the novel reveals superbly the life and temper of eighteenth-century England, as seen through the curious eyes of its young heroine. Edward A. Bloom has edited the text from the rare first edition of 1778.show more

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  • Paperback | 462 pages
  • 127 x 187.96 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • plates
  • 0192833960
  • 9780192833969

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"Students like the format and selection of notes. The information given seems pertinent and helpful. I like the illustrations included in the edition."--D. Fulkerson, Ohio Northern Univ."An excellent edition - fine introduction, notes, and chronology. Both scholarly and easy to read."--Robert Mayer, Oklahoma State University"This is a most attractive and useful edition of an increasingly central text of the early English novel. I wholeheartedly urge adoption of this version for students at all levels."--Laura Dabundo, Kennesaw State College"The best edition on the market."--David Mazella, University of Houstonshow more

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