By Dr Catherine M Parisian
In her exhaustive publishing historical past of Frances Burney's Cecilia, Or Memoirs of an Heiress, Catherine Parisian mines an in depth archival list that comes with parts of the unique manuscript, annotated web page proofs, criminal files relative to its copyright, and an abundance of letters, to chronicle the novel's composition, printing, and e-book from its first version in 1782 to the present-day Oxford World's Classics paperback. in general looked on its book because the most vital novel on the grounds that Tobias Smollett's Humphrey Clinker, Cecilia is a deft mix of the satire of Henry Fielding with the sentimentality of Samuel Richardson that brings a feminine point of view to the unconventional whereas perceptively probing type and gender kinfolk in eighteenth-century British society. Parisian combines the equipment of the ebook historian with these of the bibliographer to teach how the 2 usefully tell each other and undergo at the interpretation of the literary textual content. analyzing fifty one various variations of Cecilia, Parisian considers what those versions show approximately Cecilia's examining audiences and what insights those books offer into the printing and publishing traits of the earlier 2 hundred years. Lavishly illustrated and accessibly written, her well timed heritage demonstrates the significance of Cecilia to the paintings of the unconventional and the background of the book.
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