Fanny Burney: The Woman-Hater

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Burney wrote four comedies of which The Woman-Hater (not to be confused with Francis Beaumont’s play of the same name) is one of her later attempts and is thought to have been written simultaneously with A Busy Day, between 1800 and 1801 (Hemlow, 182). Doody speculates they were penned in “an attempt to avoid exile”, i.e. to prove to her husband that she could earn enough money without removing to France (288). Burney intended The Woman-Hater for production at Drury Lane (Thaddeus, 140), yet it was never staged in Burney’s lifetime, eventually achieving its première at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond-upon-Thames in 2007.

Burney’s autograph notes in the Berg collection i…

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Crouch, Eleanor. "The Woman-Hater". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 May 2011
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