Philobiblon: Fanny Burney versus Maria Edgeworth

Monday, April 03, 2006

Fanny Burney versus Maria Edgeworth

Miss Frances Williams Wynn is returning from a break today (sorry - the Green Party has taken precedence), and being rather nasty about the author we know as Fanny Burney, while defending - obviously against some challenge - her right to be known as the author of Evelina.

I cannot endure her excessive personal vanity, her nauseous repetition of all the compliments made to her under the shallow pretence of telling the world how much pleasure the paternal heart of Dr. Burney derived from them.

But we can't accuse Miss Williams Wynn of being prejudiced against women writers, for she sings the praises of Maria Edgeworth, of whom, I confess, I had not previously heard.


Blogger Ronnie Smartt said...

ME is worth a visit, and Edgeworthstown, now Mostrim, worth a detour if ever you are in County longford. (I think the edgeworths were generally a Protestant family though one, the Abbe Henri Essex E. de Firmont) was Louis XVI's confessor on the scaffold.) "Castle Rackrent" is a pioaresque tale of dissolute eighteenth-century Irish landlords, though you must decide for yourself whether the fault lay with the time or the country. "The Absentee", which is the only other one I have read, is about the "redemption" of one such dissolute landlord, though in his case thye fault was his wife's, and is that much duller in my view.

4/04/2006 11:55:00 am  

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