Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Announcing the Evelina Group Read

Gentle Readers,

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.


Book Editions
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!

Calendar
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!




69 comments:

Dolly said...

I've been thinking of reading this for a while now! I'm surprised i'm the first to comment though.

Farida Mestek said...

Wow! That's exactly what I've been thinking about for a while now! I've just rediscovered Fanny Burney for myself and I wanted to start reading her books with someone.

Katinka said...

Yay! I've been just itching to start!

Heather Carroll said...

Hurray! I'm glad my announcement was timely.

@Farida, I'm so happy that you will be back for another group read!

Vic said...

I should read this book. Haven't so far, so this is a good time to start!!

Heather Carroll said...

As I told Laurel Ann, you'll fly through it due to your love of Austen. Their work (and wit) is so similar!

Katherine Louise said...

I'm in! I love group reads, it's such fun to talk to others reading the same book. Just a note to Apple users--if you have iBooks, I believe that Evelina is one of their free books.

Katherine Louise said...

PS Who is the beautiful girl on the cover of the book?

Min Self said...

I'll do my best -- I'd been planning to read the book at some point, here's an excuse to start.

Anonymous said...

Oh dear haven't done a group read since Love In The Time of Cholera, six tortuous chapters with a clever hidden duplicate paragraph.
Retro

Laura said...

Oh how I love, love, love this book. I've read Cecilia and Camilla and while good, neither compares to Evelina, her masterpiece.

Felicia Lind said...

I've been meaning to read this forever so thank you for providing me with an excuse!

Also, thank you for pointing me to SilkSoundBooks! Or maybe not, when I come to think of it. I could easily spend faaaar to much money on there!

Heather Carroll said...

I have a bad habit of spreading my online spending addictions ;)

I lodge in Grub Street said...

Been on my reading list for ages, lets go for it

Banker Chick said...

I ordered the book as a result of reading Becoming Jane Austen and her letters. Also I am about to finish Georgiana where she was mentioned. I am excited to have found you and now the book reading.

C. Allyn Pierson said...

I just got this from gurlbooks for Kindle- I am lookign forward to reading it! I haven't ever come across any of her books, although I have often heard her mentioned in historical fiction.

Heather Carroll said...

@Katherine Louise, Sorry forgot to answer you. It's Hoppner's Evelina which some think may have been a portrait of Burney herself

Vinery said...

I bought my copy at a local bookstore when you first mentioned the group read a couple months ago. It's been sitting on the "read" pile ever since, tempting me to get started--so now I can!

Carrots said...

I'm so excited for this! I love a good book, and I've been looking for a new one.

Farida Mestek said...

Me too! I'm glad to take part in another group read. Lovely picture of the cover!

Kay said...

I needed a new book on my reading list, so I definitely can't wait to start this one!

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thewalkinganachronism said...

I'm in!!! I've been itching to read more 18th/19th century literature (outside of class, I mean) and this is the perfect opportunity to do so!

Diane said...

What a great idea! I'm definitely in. People may be interested in the free audio book from librivox, the link is here: http://librivox.org/evelina-by-fanny-burney/

Heather said...

Just ordered! Excited to read another of Fanny's works.

I'll also share this on my blog!

-H

Molly M. said...

I'd love to participate. I'll be out of the country for the first session but I think I can catch up. Thanks for doing this.

FabFogey said...

So excited! This sounds like it'll be lots of fun!

Heather Carroll said...

Yay! Yay! Yay! I am thrilled to have you all!

Chrisbookarama said...

I think this is the push I needed to finally read it!

I lodge in Grub Street said...

That picture doesn't look like the pictures of Fanny Burney that I've seen.

Wendy La Capra said...

I read it in college and would love an excuse to read it again!

Lether said...

Really excited! I've been meaning to read it for some time and the group read would be just perfect!
Ordering my copy tonight. :)

Luli said...

Hi. I'm on board! Can't wait for June book meetups. Hopefully I can download Evelina for free on my Nook. If not, then I'll get it from the library.

Jael said...

I'm so excited about this. I bought the book back when it was first mentioned and I read the first volume. I can hardly wait to re-read it and then finish the book with the group.

Heather Carroll said...

Hurray, you can't even imagine how psyched I am to have you all on board!

Lady Wesley said...

I've just discovered your blog and find it delightful. I ordered the Oxford version of Evelina, and to my surprise, sped all the way through it in just a couple of days! Looking forward to the discussion.

Heather Carroll said...

It's an addicting read, isn't it?

Oogle said...

This sounds like so much fun! I've been wanting to read this for quite some time, and this is the perfect excuse.

Laurel Ann (Austenprose) said...

Wonderful Heather. I will announce it on my blog next week. Not sure I can commit, but will try my best.

viridian said...

I'm on - I hope I make it thorugh all the chapters.

bookishmiss said...

How perfectly marvelous! I've been looking for an excuse to reread Evelina (not that one is needed, really) and the timing is perfect.

What a wonderful idea!

MEL said...

I am looking forward to reading this and hearing what everyone thinks. Thanks Heather!

Wendi said...

Yes! Yes! Yes! I've been loving your blog and now that I have had a few minutes to spend more time here I stumbled across this and I'm so excited. what fun. I dashed out to my van and grabbed my Kindle and I'm ready to go.

oogs said...

Question: my copy of the novel isn't divided into volumes, so I'm having a bit of trouble with the letter numbers we're supposed to read to. If it would be too much trouble, could you tell me how many letters are in each volume? I could calculate things from there, I think.

Heather Carroll said...

Aha! I think I may actually be prepared for this. Which edition do you have and does it end with letter LXXXIV aka 84?

oogs said...

I have the Girlebooks version, and yes, the last letter I have is LXXXIV.

Heather Carroll said...

Fabulous! Then we are alll set!

Erin Blakemore - The Heroine's Bookshelf said...

I'm in!

Susan said...

This is a re-read for me, but that's good because I've forgotten mostly everything!

Tulip said...

Yay! This has been on my to-read list forever!

And how cool is it that to post this comment my word verification is "minx"? ;)

Heather Carroll said...

That is cool! If I could have things my way Minx would always be the verification word of this blog!

Sariga said...

As I've mentioned on the goodreads event page you sent, I'm really excited about this. Have been meaning to read it for a long while!:D

Heather Carroll said...

Once again, I can't stop saying how happy I am to have you all!

Christy said...

Really looking forward to this! :)

Kate said...

Looking forward to this...I will be in the middle of a move, but think I can manage! Thanks for the opportunity

I lodge in Grub Street said...

Just finished volume one, surprisingly engrossed.

stilettostorytime said...

How did I miss this getting posted...so glad I saw it in time. Will begin my re-read today...so excited to see how other react to the book. Thanks for hosting!

Courtney

Elle said...

Just the encouragement I needed to finally pick this one up!

Elle said...

Just added a link to the group read to my own blog here:

http://marquise-elle.blogspot.com/2011/05/evelina-group-read.html

This is a perfectly marvelous idea! I'm so glad you've put this together.

Heather Carroll said...

Thank you!

Susan said...

I just got the book last night! I am off to read, right now. :)
Que fun!

Genista said...

Just stumbled upon this! I've been meaning to read Evelina for ages. Never done a group read, but it sounds fun. I shall see if I can get hold of a copy.

Jessi said...

Back (after a hectic year of neglectfulness to the GG) and really looking forward to the salons

Amina said...

I think I might indulge in that silk sound reading. Yes, quite definitely...

Heather Carroll said...

I just bought it and so far it's been worth the money!

Carey Hannaford said...

I have only just found this blog but would love to join in. I have not yet read Evelina so am looking forward to it.

Heather Carroll said...

Welcome! Can't wait to have you!

Funaki-naki-naki said...

I'm excited to read this!

Pechorin de Veuvray said...

Better late than JAMAIS!!!