Claire Harman1
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  • 1 Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
‘My Immense Mass of Manuscripts’: Fanny Burney as Archivist, Biographer and Autobiographer
in Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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This article looks at Frances Burneys contribution to life writing through her composition, preservation and curatorship of her own personal archive and management of family papers. It charts Burneys chronic anxieties about the possible interpretation of the record that she had created, and the tension between self-expression and self-exposure which underlay her very revealing difficulties with editing, archivism and publication.

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