Fanney Burney was an Eighteenth Century novelist
When and Where was she Born? 13th June 1752, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England.
Fanney Burney was the third of six children of musical scholar and organist Charles Burney.
Self educated by reading English and French literature.
Chronology/Biography of Fanney Burney:
1762: She started writing short stories, poems and plays.
1767: In a fit she burnt all her papers as she thought her writings were a waste of time.
1778: Her first novel “Evelina” was published anonymously from a plot she had established as a child. Her father soon recognised her talent and boasted of this to Mrs Hester Piozzi a friend of Samuel Johnson and both championed he work. This was probably her best work and later novels declined in style.
1782: Fanney Burney published “Cecilia”.
1786: Appointed Second Keeper of the Robes to Queen Charlotte but as her health declined she retired on a pension.
1778: “Evelina, Or the History of a Young Lady’s Entry into the World”.
1814: “The Wanderer”.
28th July 1793 to General Alexandre d’Arblay at St. Michael’s Church, Mickleham.
When and Where did she Die?
6th January 1840, 11 Bolton Street, London.
Age at Death:
Site of Grave:
Walcot Cemetery, Bath, Avon, England next to husband.
Places of Interest:
Lived at 14 South Parade, Bath.
Stayed at Saltram House. (National Trust)
The British Library
Kings Lynn, Burney’s birthplace, where a few buildings of the period remain such as the Customs house, St Margaret’s Church and the Tuesday and Saturday Markets.