Sarah Harriet Burney

Standard Name: Burney, Sarah Harriet
Birth Name: Sarah Harriotte Burney
Nickname: Sally
Used Form: the Author of Clarentine
SHB was an early nineteenth-century novelist and letter-writer (though she began to publish before the end of the eighteenth century). Her achievements in both these genres have been obscured by those of her sister Frances. She wrote from financial necessity—I must scribble, or I cannot live
Burney, Sarah Harriet. The Letters of Sarah Harriet Burney. Clark, Lorna J.Editor , University of Georgia Press, 1997.
—but her later works especially rank high for quality and interest.


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death Frances Burney
She had outlived her husband, her son, and all her siblings but Sarah Harriet , to whom she left an annuity of two hundred pounds a year. She was buried at Wolcot Church in Bath...
Education Mary Russell Mitford
MRM was said to have learned to read by the time she was three. In January 1806 she got through fifty-five volumes, including books by Sarah Harriet Burney , Maria Edgeworth , Elizabeth Hamilton ,...
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Meeke
This marriage gave little Elizabeth Allen four stepsisters: Esther , Frances , Susan , and Charlotte Ann Burney . She later acquired a half-sister, Sarah Harriet Burney .
Family and Intimate relationships Frances Burney
Youngest of the family was FB 's fellow-novelist Sarah Harriet Burney , the daughter of the second marriage, who also worked as a governess.
Friends, Associates Laetitia-Matilda Hawkins
LMH 's friends included Margaret Mitchell , Frances Reynolds , Cornelia Knight , Anna Williams (from whom she received particular kindness), and Sir Joshua Reynolds .
Feminist Companion Archive.
Sarah Harriet Burney wrote of her: A more fluent...
Friends, Associates Catherine Hutton
CH 's friends included novelists Sarah Harriet Burney and Robert Bage , publisher Sir Richard Phillips , Elizabeth Arnold (whom she calls sister of Catharine Macaulay , but who was actually the sister of Macaulay's...
Friends, Associates Caroline Bowles
CB 's dealings with Blackwood's led to a positive working relationship with editor John Wilson . She also maintained a long correspondence with Anna Eliza Bray and (in later years) a shorter one with poet...
Friends, Associates Caroline Bowles
Talk about the conflict at Greta Hall circulated through England's literary circles. Henry Crabb Robinson , Sarah Burney , Elizabeth Barrett Browning , and Mary Russell Mitford were all privy to this gossip.
Blain, Virginia. Caroline Bowles Southey, 1786-1854. Ashgate, 1998.
Intertextuality and Influence Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington
The elderly lady, Lady Arabella, represents a chilly view of the English aristocracy. She opens her story with a paean in praise of past times and in dispraise of the present: How interminably long the...
Leisure and Society Lady Eleanor Butler
The Ladies and the rural ideal they embodied became famous in literary circles, an object of pilgrimage alike to the lesbian Anne Lister and to more conventional figures like William Wordsworth and the Irish poet...
Literary responses Hester Lynch Piozzi
This work was much noticed, making HLP one of the twenty-four most-reviewed women writers of 1789-90.
Hawkins, Ann R., and Stephanie Eckroth, editors. Romantic Women Writers Reviewed. Vol. 3 vols., Ashgate Publishing Company, 2013.
Again she fell foul of critics: this time for her colloquial (sometimes ungrammatical) style and deliberately informal manner. A...
Literary responses Frances Burney
Burney's family were delighted. Her young half-sister Sarah Harriet (who was about to publish her own first novel) sent her a perfect rhapsody of praise.
Burney, Sarah Harriet. The Letters of Sarah Harriet Burney. Clark, Lorna J.Editor , University of Georgia Press, 1997.
A long review in the Analytical Review, probably...
Literary responses Anna Maria Porter
Burney offered a detailed informal critique. She found the novel full of the most touching passages, but stated that, as a whole, it drags.
Burney, Sarah Harriet. The Letters of Sarah Harriet Burney. Clark, Lorna J.Editor , University of Georgia Press, 1997.
She did, however, praise AMP 's meticulous attention to detail:...
Literary responses Mary Charlton
Sarah Harriet Burney was clearly more impressed by what she regarded as a popular, even a trashy novel, than she was willing to admit. She called it (in implicit contrast with Walter Scott ) a...
Literary responses Maria Edgeworth
But Sarah Harriet Burney wrote: Nobody more thoroughly venerates the admirable author than I do—And in this last work, she has really excelled herself. Every young man ought to study it . . ....


1 February 1814
The first number appeared of the New Monthly Magazine: published initially by Henry Colburn , it was said to be the earliest monthly to incorporate a miscellany of articles.