#wcw C18th novelist Frances Burney. I based my final year dissertation on her last novel The Wanderer. Did you know that at the time it was published she outsold her contemporary Lord Byron? Did you know that feminists such as Mary Wollstonecraft used her novels to support their arguments in the struggle for women's rights? Did you know Jane Austen was a fan - such a fan that she borrowed the titles "Pride & Prejudice" and "Sense & Sensibility" from Burney's novels "Cecilia" and "Camilla"? No most people don't.
So why has she been forgotten?
She spoke out against xenophobia in British society, she wrote about the social and ethical dangers any society that is built on slavery would face. She wrote about the violence of the French revolution (while it was still being romanticised by intellectuals). She was also one of the few voices publicly challenging the treatment of women of colour during the late 1700s early 1800s... long story short: she was brave, she was bold and her influence on the novel, the publishing industry and the English language as a whole has been huge... yet her fingerprints have been erased. She paid the ultimate price for daring to speak the truth. She was a real life heroine. ✊ #respect #StillRelevant
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