I am very excited to make the long-await announcement for a group read of Fanny Burney's first novel which she published anonymously, Evelina, or a History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World. The book was a big success and even an inspiration to Jane Austen. Queen Charlotte liked the book so much she hired Fanny as a Keeper of the Robes, much to Fanny's chagrin. But who can say "no" to the queen; especially when she is your fan! Now it's our turn to find out if we enjoy Fanny's wit as much as Queen Charlotte (my money is on "yes") with the Evelina Group Read.
Our salons will meet once a week (every Thursday) here to discuss designated chapters but that doesn't mean you can't get a head-start now! Many local libraries may just have this classic in their stacks. Amazon also has many affordable editions of the book from Penguin Classic, Oxford World Classics, Norton, and Broadview (which I personally enjoyed). GirleBooks has an ebook version for free. Lauren even found an audiobook from SilkSoundBooks in which Judi Dench is one of the readers; doesn't that sound awesome? Our group read will also offer participants and opportunity to win a copy of the soon-to-be treasured book!
Mark your calendar, the tentative salon schedule is as follows:
2 June: Volume 1 Letters 1-20
9 June: Volume 1 Letter 21- Volume 2 Letter 6
16 June: Volume 2 Letter 7- 22
23 June: Volume 2 Letter 23- Volume 3 Letter 9
30 June: Volume 3 Letter 10-23
So who is with me? The more the merrier I say! Please don't let anyone miss out on your wit! Sign up below via the Mr. Linky widgit (hit refresh if you don't see it below). Stay tuned to the blog for more details. I can't wait!