Frances Burney 1752-1840
Frances Burney was self-educated by reading English and French literature.
Her practice of observing
and recording society led to her secretly written novel 'Evelina' which took
London by storm. Nobody guessed its author could be shy Fanny Burney, then 26.
Though her later novels are no longer read, 'Evelina' remains a classic.
Painter of spirited domestic scenes and landscapes she was renowned in her
time as the teacher of many great artists and writers.
Briefly she became a music-hall performer, which inspired
She also wrote sensitively of animals, with whom she maintained a mischievous
alliance against the disappointing world of men.