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Frances Burney, renowned as a novelist in her youth and middle age, outlived her high reputation; her fourth and last novel (published in 1814) was her least well received. Her diaries and letters, posthumously published, were greeted with renewed acclaim. During the late twentieth century the re-awakening of interest in her fiction and the rediscovery of her plays revealed her as a woman of letters to be reckoned with. Today her reputation in the academic world stands high, and productions of her plays are no longer isolated events.
13 June 1752 FB was born at King's Lynn, Norfolk, into the middle of a large family. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 June 1767 On her fifteenth birthday FB made a bonfire of her writings so far: "Elegies, Odes, Plays, Songs, Stories, Farces—nay, Tragedies and Epic Poems." Bibliographic Citation link.
27 March 1768 FB began her surviving diary at her home in Poland Street, London, addressing herself to 'Miss Nobody'. Bibliographic Citation link.
January 1778 FB, with elaborate safeguards of her anonymity, published her first novel, Evelina; or, A Young Lady's Entrance into the World. Bibliographic Citation link.
30 July-21 August 1839 FB wrote her last letter, to her niece Charlotte Barrett. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 January 1840 On the anniversary of her sister Susan's death, FB died in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
29 January 1842 - 1846 FB's niece Charlotte Barrett published in seven volumes the Diary and Letters of Madame d'Arblay. The first five were published between 29 January and 19 November 1842. Bibliographic Citation link.
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