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Sidney's engagement to Orlando Faulkland becomes complicated when his previous affair with the pregnant Miss Burchell comes to light. Renouncing Faulkland, Sidney marries a second suitor. But neither the passionate and devoted Faulkland nor the ardent Miss Burchell disappears from her life.
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The Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph was hugely popular in circulating libraries in the years after its publication, and its emotional intensity was often remarked upon; Samuel Johnson wrote to Frances Sheridan, “I know not, Madam! that you have a right, upon moral principles, to make your readers suffer so much.” Sheridan traces Sidney Bidulph’s development in a complex epistolary novel spanning much of the protagonist’s life, and explores the tension between sexual desire and prescribed female conduct.
In addition to an introduction that places the novel in the context of Sheridan’s feminism and of the early novel, this edition provides material on discourses of female conduct, letters between Sheridan and Samuel Richardson, and contemporary reviews.About the Author:
Patricia Koster is Professor of English at the University of Columbia. Jean Coates Cleary is Tutor in English at Open University, British Columbia.
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110192835777
Book Description Oxford University Press, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0192835777