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MS Hyde 89

Burney, Fanny, 1752-1840. Fanny Burney correspondence, 1778-1834: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b (shelved with bMS Hyde 88)
Call No.: MS Hyde 89
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Burney, Fanny, 1752-1840
Title: Fanny Burney correspondence,
Date(s): 1778-1834.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters to and from author Fanny Burney, many discussing her literary career and author Samuel Johnson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003JM-58 (part). Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Rick Stattler

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Fanny Burney Correspondence, 1778-1834 (MS Hyde 89). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Several related items are also part of the Hyde Collection, including five letters from Hester Lynch Piozzi in MS Hyde 3, item (14); several letters to and from Hester Maria Elphinstone, Viscountess Keith in MS Hyde 5, items (1-9); a page from an early draft of Camilla, MS Hyde 14; a fragment of her journal, MS Hyde 15; a letter from her father Charles Burney, MS Hyde 57, page 16; another letter from her father, MS Hyde 88, item (3); and several letters from Hester Lynch Piozzi, MS Eng 1477, item (2).

Biographical / Historical

Fanny Burney (1752-1840) was the daughter of musician and author Charles Burney (1726-1814). In 1777, she first met authors Samuel Johnson and Hester Thrale (later Hester Lynch Piozzi), and soon became a key member of their informal literary circle. Her first novel, Evelina, was published anonymously in 1778 to great acclaim, and was followed by Cecilia in 1782 and Camilla in 1796. She married Alexandre Jean Baptiste Piochard, comte d'Arblay, in 1793.


Barrett, Charlotte, ed. Diary & Letters of Madame d'Arblay (1778-1840), with preface and notes by Austin Dobson (London: MacMillan and Co., 1904) Hemlow, Joyce, ed. The Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney (Madame d'Arblay) (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972-1984)Troide, Lars E., ed., The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988-)

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of sixteen letters from and six letters to Fanny Burney. Most of the correspondents are family members, and much of the content is family news. Several letters relate to Samuel Johnson and her literary career. One letter to her husband consists mainly of a poem in honor of his birthday, item (1). Prominent correspondents include her brother Charles Burney, item (2); and Hester Lynch Piozzi, item (10).

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