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Author Information: Frances Burney

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Frances Burney (1752 – 1840), was born in King’s Lynn, England. She was a novelist, diarist, and playwright. The third of six children, she was self-educated, and began writing what she called her “scribblings” at the age of ten. In addition to the critical respect she receives for her own writing, she is recognized as a literary precursor to prominent authors who came after her, including Jane Austen and William Makepeace Thackeray. She published her first novel Evelina anonymously in 1778. (


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