The novel “Cecilia” by Frances Burney is subtitled “Memoirs of an Heiress.” It was first published in the year 1782. The story of the novel is set in 1779.
Francis Burney had... More > started writing the novel in 1780, and it was published after two years.
Her father, Dr. Charles Burney, and Samuel Crisp, who was Burney’s literary mentor, tried to suppress her first attempt at writing “The Writing” for the stage. She was quite disappointed by it, but she did not stop, and she decided to produce a novel in order to capitalize on the success of her first book “Evelina” which was a highly successful book.
It is said that “Cecilia” was written under great strain and it affected the tone and content of the novel.< Less