Who was she?
1752 – 6 January 1840), also known as Fanny
Burney and, after her marriage, as Madame d’Arblay, was an English
novelist, diarist and playwright. Frances Burney’s first novel, Evelina
or the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into
, was published anonymously in 1778, without her
father’s knowledge or permission. The novel was a critical success,
receiving praise from respected individuals, including the statesman Edmund Burke
and literary critic Dr Johnson.
Why was she in Bath?
She was a frequent visitor to the city. In 1780, two years after the
publication of Evelina, she stayed at 14, South Parade (below, right
hand plaque), with Mr and Mrs Thrale, the great friends of Dr. Johnson.
She married General Alexandre d'Arblay in 1792 and lived with him in
France for more than ten years. They returned to Bath in 1815 and lived
at 23 Great Stanhope Street
until his death in 1818. She died in 1840 and was buried at Walcot
church, where there is a
The text reads
"Fanny Burney stayed here 1780 b. 1752 d. 1840"
Location map of 14, South Parade:
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