‘Frances Burney (1752-1840): The wit, insight and courage of a Georgian writer’
Mecure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel, London Road, Mickleham, Dorking RH5 6BX
Frances Burney’s novels, plays, prolific journals and letters make her an important figure in 18th century literature. This talk will focus on and explore the years of her residence in Bookham and Westhumble. Frances Burney married Alexandre d’Arblay in July 1793 at St. Michael’s Church, Mickleham, and spent the next nine years living a frugal but contented life nearby. The financial success of her third novel, Camilla (1796), was their means of survival since d’Arblay was a dispossessed refugee from Revolutionary France. The talk by Miriam Al Jamil of the Burney Society looks back at Frances’ life before her marriage, at her five years as Keeper of the Robes to Queen Charlotte, and at her first novels and plays. These works shed light on 18th century society, its values and concerns, as well as the part intellectual women played in cultural life. It is only in the last few decades after serious reassessment that Fanny Burney assured her place in the canon of English Literature. This talk tells her story in her own words as far as possible.
This event was organised by heritage open days.