By Catherine M. Parisian

In her exhaustive publishing heritage of Frances Burney's Cecilia, Or Memoirs of an Heiress, Catherine Parisian mines an intensive archival checklist that incorporates 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 book from its first version in 1782 to the present-day Oxford World's Classics paperback. mostly looked on its book because the most crucial novel given that Tobias Smollett's Humphrey Clinker, Cecilia is a deft mixture of the satire of Henry Fielding with the sentimentality of Samuel Richardson that brings a feminine standpoint to the unconventional whereas perceptively probing classification and gender kinfolk in eighteenth-century British society. Parisian combines the tools of the publication 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 diversified variants of Cecilia, Parisian considers what those variations demonstrate approximately Cecilia's examining audiences and what insights those books supply into the printing and publishing traits of the prior two hundred years. Lavishly illustrated and accessibly written, her well timed background demonstrates the significance of Cecilia to the paintings of the unconventional and the heritage of the book.

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