A biography of Fanny Burney which fairly bristles along in its concern with its subject. Open to controversy with its opinionated attitude, it nevertheless manages a healthy, lively portrait of the author of Evelina, the first of the family novels which captured the fancy of 18th century readers. This follows Fanny's progress from her childhood in Lynn Regis, through her amazing self-educated growing up, to the great mystery of her authorship and the terrific success she became through the friendship of Johnson and the literary circles. There is her popularity at court, her marriage to the French emigre, d'Arblay, her many and varied relationships, and her own wonderfully original character. An outspoken, loving if critical study, this has vigor and perception and recreates not only, a literary light but also her period. New departure for Emily Hahn; draw this to attention of the inquiring public.