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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. As she battles such cruelties as social snobbery and delights in such thrills as pleasure gardens and balls, Evelina strives toward her final triumph, while capturing the hearts of listeners everywhere along the way.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Before Evelina, the heart of girlhood had never been so fully opened in literature.”

    William Dean Howells, American author and literary critic

  • “Fanny Burney’s first novel, Evelina, was the chick-lit novel of 1778—all about a young girl’s adventures in London and one of the best of its kind ever written.”

    Times (London)

  • “We owe to [Burney] not only Evelina, Cecilia, and Camilla but also Mansfield Park and The Absentee.”

    Thomas Babington Macaulay, British essayist and reviewer

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About the Author

Frances Burney (1752–1840) was a British novelist, diarist, and playwright. In total, she wrote four novels, eight plays, one biography, and twenty volumes of journals and letters. She is best known for her landmark work Evelina.