Fanny Burney Bibliography

Evelina 1778
Burney's first novel which was well received by Reynolds, Gibbon, Burke and Dr Johnson.

Burney wrote the comedy A Busy Day, or An Arrival from India in 1800 while living in Surrey with her husband, General d'Arblay, an exile from the French Revolution. The play begins when the young heiress, Eliza, arrives back in London from the British trading post of Calcutta to be confronted by her long-lost family, who have made a fortune in the City. Misunderstandings and farcical meetings between Eliza and her family, who are ill at ease in the circles in which they now move, are at the centre of the play. Burney never saw the play performed and it only re-emerged in the 50s when the Burney scholar Joyce Hemlow discovered the manuscript in the New York Public Library.

Before Burney had the chance to finish the play D'Arblay, taking advantage of the peace between Britain and France, returned to Paris to recover his lost wealth. Burney, with her son Alex, soon followed but remained stranded in France when war broke out again. She remained in France until after the defeat of Napolean in 1815. Thackeray used material from her diaries, especially her account of being in Brussells as the troops marched off to Waterloo.

D'Arblay died on his return to Britain and Burney never attempted to have her play performed.
Camilla 1796
The Wanderer 1814
Apparently Byron rushed off to read Burney's last novel while it was still in proof.