Fanny Burney: The Wanderer, or, Female Difficulties

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  • Justine Crump (University of Cambridge)

Shortly after the publication of her third novel Camilla in 1796, Frances Burney discussed the work with three of the royal princesses, daughters of her former employers, George III and Queen Charlotte. The princesses praised her novel for its dissimiliarity to other recent works of fiction which, during the turbulent years following the French revolution, dwelt upon political subjects and participated in contemporary political debates. As Burney related in a letter to her father dated 6 July 1796, she explained to the princesses her decision to avoid this contentious topic in Camilla: “Politics were, all ways, left out: that once I had had an idea of bringing in such as suited me, – but that,…

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Crump, Justine. "The Wanderer, or, Female Difficulties". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 February 2004
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