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 documents relative to its copyright, and an abundance of letters, to chronicle the novel's composition, printing, and book from its first version in 1782 to the present-day Oxford World's Classics paperback. normally looked on its booklet because the most vital novel considering 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 standpoint to the radical whereas perceptively probing classification and gender kinfolk in eighteenth-century British society. Parisian combines the tools of the booklet historian with these of the bibliographer to teach how the 2 usefully tell each other and endure at the interpretation of the literary textual content. reading fifty one assorted variations of Cecilia, Parisian considers what those variants demonstrate approximately Cecilia's examining audiences and what insights those books offer into the printing and publishing developments of the previous two hundred years. Lavishly illustrated and accessibly written, her well timed heritage demonstrates the significance of Cecilia to the artwork of the unconventional and the heritage of the book.
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Frances Burney's Cecilia: A Publishing History (Ashgate Studies in Publishing History: Manuscript, Print, Digital) by Dr Catherine M Parisian