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Madame Darblay

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D'ARBLAY, (MADAME), Frances Burney, English novelist, daughter of Charles Burney: b. King's Lynn, Norfolk, 13 June 1752; d. Bath, England, 6 Jan. 1840. When Frances was eight years old the Burneys removed to London, where at the musical assemblies given by her father she saw much of fashionable life. This she depicted with much humor in her first novel, 'Evelina.' After she had published 'Eve lina, or a Young Lady's Entrance into the World' (1778), she became the favorite of the literary men of the day, especially Dr. Johnson. Her second novel, 'Cecilia' (1782), was no less admired. In 1786 she was made second keeper of the robes to Queen Charlotte. She disliked the position and resigned in 1791. While visit ing her sister at Mickleham she made the ac quaintance of her future husband, General D'Arblay, a French army officer, whom she married in 1793. Her other books are 'Camilla' (1795) and 'The Wanderer, or Female Difficul ties' (1814). Her play, (Edwy and Elvina,' was performed in 1795 and had little success, though having Mrs. Siddons and Kemble in the

leading roles. Her 'Diary and Letters,' edited by her niece (1842-46), surpass in modern esti mation the rest of her writings. The record begins with 'Eve'Ma) The success of her first effort, the dinings, winings and compliments that followed, are recorded with a naive garrulous ness perfectly consistent with simplicity and sincerity. She also wrote memoirs of her father (1832). 'Evelina' and 'Cecilia' were published with introductions by Annie R. Ellis (London 1881-82). A new edition of the