John Mullan: Fanny Burney, 23 August 2001
Show More Fanny Burney: A Biography by Claire Harman.
Flamingo, 464 pp., £8.99, October 2001, 0 00 655036 3Show More
Fanny Burney: Her Life by Kate Chisholm.
Vintage, 347 pp., £7.99, June 1999, 0 09 959021 2Show More
Faithful Handmaid: Fanny Burney at the Court of King George III by Hester Davenport.
Sutton, 224 pp., £25, June 2000, 0 7509 1881 0Show More
“... no accident that two substantial biographies should appear within a year of each other, along with Hester Davenport’s account of Burney’s five hellish years at Court, as Second Keeper of the Robes to Queen Charlotte. They join several other biographies on the library shelf. It is worth asking – as Harman and Chisholm, for all their virtues, do not ...”