The Wanderer: Or, Female Difficulties by Fanny Burney 1814

the wanderer

The last novel Fanny Burney penned was The Wanderer. First published in March 1814 by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, The Wanderer is a gothic historical novel that takes place during the 1790s. A mysterious woman attempts to support herself while hiding her identity. Few authors, men or women had detailed the plight of women in such a way before. Women facing the challenges of economic and social independence.

Fanny Burney began writing the novel in the 1790s but it was not until 1814 that Fanny faced the humiliation of scathing reviews. The first edition sold out based on her reputation but subsequently the book did not sell well. She worked on it sporadically while she wrote plays and was an exile in France. Burney critisised English society and portrayed women in a way that reviewers took strongly against.  Does that sound like the makings of a book in need of revival?

the wanderer