Fanny Burney

(1752 - 1840)

Raised in a London household where gatherings included Samuel Johnson and Edmund Burke, Fanny Burney was thought to be the least promising of her siblings. She surprised her family and the British literary establishment when she published Evelina at the age of twenty-six. Burney underwent a mastectomy at the age of fifty-nine.

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Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There’s no looking at a building here after seeing Italy.

—Fanny Burney, 1782

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