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At the age of eight, Frances Burney didn’t know her letters; at the age of ten, she penned a novel which is now lost, “The History of Caroline Evelyn”; at the age of eighteen, she was friends with Hester Thrale and Samuel Johnson; and at the age of twenty-six, she anonymously published Evelina, which, when her identity as the author was revealed soon after, thrust her into a writing career that would span decades and a fame that would last centuries (ODNB).

In the first episode of Season 2 of The WPHP Monthly Mercury, “Oh! those fashionable Burney novels!”, hosts Kate Moffatt and Kandice Sharren delve into the publication history of Frances Burney’s first two (and most popular) novels, Evelina (1778) and Cecilia (1782). Although both were regularly reprinted well into the nineteenth century, we recently realised that the WPHP was missing the post-1800 editions of these works (although it did already hold all of the editions of her two far less popular novels, Camilla (1796) and The Wanderer (1814) — thank goodness!). In this episode, we explore why these titles were missing and our subsequent task: creating an as-comprehensive-as-we-can-make-it bibliography of Frances Burney’s novels up to 1836. 

Join us as we share Burney’s writerly life story, the reception history of her works and their critical rise and fall, the challenges we faced in attempting to collect the bibliographic data for every edition of Burney’s works up until 1836, and what it is, exactly, that this kind of work can tell us — about a writer, about their reception history, about their publishers, and about the complexities of uncovering a full publication history even for a well-documented eighteenth-century woman author like Frances Burney.

To see all of the editions, check out Frances Burney’s person record, which lists and links to every Burney edition in the WPHP. We’ve also connected all of the title records for the editions of each individual work to one another; click the following titles to be taken to the title record of the first edition, where, at the bottom of each page, there is a “related titles” section that lists and links to all editions of that work in the WPHP: Evelina, Cecilia, Camilla, The Wanderer.

(If you know of any editions that we’re missing, feel free to get in touch!)


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Produced by: Kate Moffatt, Kandice Sharren, and Michelle Levy

Music: “Sweetest Bard”, from Ignatius Sancho’s Minuets, Cotillons & Country Dances for the Violin, Mandolin, German Flute, & Harpsichord Composed by an African (1767), from Played by Kandice Sharren.


Mercury episodes mentioned in this episode:

Episode 9: Bluestockings in Print

Episode 6: Mind the (Data) Gap

WPHP entries mentioned in this episode:

Cecilia [first edition] (title)

Camilla [first edition] (title)

Belinda (title)

Jane Austen (person)

Northanger Abbey (title)

Frances Burney (person)

Elizabeth Meeke (person)

Samuel Johnson (person)

Hester Thrale (person)

Evelina [first edition] (title)

Hannah More (person)

Elizabeth Montagu (person)

The Wanderer (title)

Thomas Lowndes (firm)

Tragic Dramas (title)

Thomas Payne and Son (firm)

Thomas Cadell (firm)

Eliza Haywood (person)

The British Novelists (title)

William Emans (firm)

Henry Fisher (firm)

William Lowndes (firm)

Minerva Press, A.K. Newman and Co. (firm)

A.K. Newman and Co. (firm)


Works cited:

Austen, Jane. Northanger Abbey. Second Edition. Ed. Claire Grogan. Peterborough ON: Broadview Press, 2002.

Burney, Edward Francisco. Frances Burney. 1784–5. National Portrait Gallery, London.

Burney, Frances. Camilla. London: Thomas Cadell and William Davies; Thomas Payne, 1796.

—. Cecilia. London: Thomas Payne and Son; Thomas Cadell, 1782.

—. Evelina. London: Thomas Lowndes, 1778.

—. The Wanderer. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1814.

Croker, John Wilson. “D’Arblay’s Wanderer.” Rev. of The Wanderer, by Frances Burney. Quarterly Review Apr. 1814: 123–30.

Gallagher, Catherine. Nobody’s Story: The Vanishing Acts of Women Writers in the Marketplace, 1670–1820. Berkeley and Los Angeles: Univ. California Press, 1994.

Gilson, David. A Bibliography of Jane Austen. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford UP, 1982.

Justice, George. The Manufacturers of Literature: Writing and the Literary Marketplace in Eighteenth-Century England. Newark: Univ. of Delaware Press, 2002.

Lynch, Deidre Shauna. The Economy of Character: Novels, Market Culture, and the Business of Inner Meaning. Chicago: Chicago UP, 1998.

Parisian, Catherine M. Frances Burney’s Cecilia: A Publishing History. Farnham, Surrey and Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2012.

Pink, Emma E. ‘Frances Burney’s Camilla: “to Print My Grand Subscription”’. Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 40, no. 1, 2006, pp. 51–68.

Rogers, Pat. "Burney [married name D'Arblay], Frances [Fanny] (1752–1840), writer." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 06. Oxford University Press. Date of access 16 Jun. 2021, <>

Sabor, Peter, ed. and introduction, The Subscription List to Frances Burney’s Camilla, by Frances Burney. Montreal: Burney Centre and Burney Society, 2003.

Salih, Sara. ‘Camilla in the Marketplace: Moral Marketing and Feminist Editing in 1796 and 1802’. Authorship, Commerce and the Public: Scenes of Writing, 1750–1850. Ed. E.J. Clery, Caroline Franklin, and Peter Garside. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002. 120–35.

Sharren, Kandice. ‘The Texture of Sympathy: Narrating Sympathetic Failure in Frances Burney’s Camilla and The Wanderer’. European Romantic Review, vol. 28, no. 6, Nov. 2017, pp. 701–27. 

Spedding, Patrick. A Bibliography of Eliza Haywood. New York: Routledge, 2004.

Thaddeus, Janice Farrar. Frances Burney: A Literary Life. London: MacMillan, 2000.


Further reading:

Burney, Frances. The Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney (Madame D’Arblay). Ed. Joyce Hemlow, 10 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972.

Civale, Susan. Romantic Women’s Life Writing: Reputation and Afterlife. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2019.

Doody, Margaret Anne. Frances Burney: The Life in the Works. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1988.

Hazlitt, William. “Standard Novels and Romances.” Rev. of The Wanderer, by Frances Burney. Edinburgh Review Feb. 1815: 320–38.

King, Heather. “Pictures of Women in Frances Burney’s Cecilia and Camilla: How Cecilia Looks and What Camilla Sees.” Beyond Sense and Sensibility: Moral Formation and the Literary Imagination from Johnson to Wordsworth. Ed. Peggy Thompson. Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, 2015. 45–59.

Looser, Devoney. Women Writers and Old Age in Great Britain, 1750–1850. Baltimore: John Hopkins UP, 2008.

Rennhak, Katharina. “Tropes of Exile in the 1790s: English Women Writers and French Emigrants.” European Romantic Review 17.5 (2006): 575–92.

Schellenberg, Betty A. The Professionalization of Women Writers in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Cambridge University Press, 2005. 

Zonitch, Barbara. Familiar Violence: Gender and Social Upheaval in the Novels of Frances Burney. Newark: Delaware UP, 1997.