A Lady of Quality

Frances Hodgson Burnett

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A Lady of Quality is a book by British-American writer Frances Hodgson Burnett, first published in 1896. Subtitled: Being a Most Curious, Hitherto Unknown History, as Related by Mr. Isaac Bickerstaff but Not Presented to the World of Fashion Through the Pages of The Tatler, and Now for the First Time Written Down, this was the first in a series of historical novels by Burnett, who was perhaps best known for her children's books. It tells the story of Clorinda, an arguably dislikable heroine living in the late seventeenth-century. With her mother having died whilst giving birth to her, Clorinda is brought up by her disreputable father who brings her up wearing 'boys clothes' and doing 'boy things'. However, as she gets older, Clorinda realises that she must act like a woman if she is to marry. However, her strong will and independence and refusal to do as others wish, culminate in her having to keep a terrible secret from her eventual husband.

This book has 84,253 words, 139 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1896.

Production notes: This ebook of A Lady of Quality was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 27th December 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'Portrait of a Woman, Possibly Madame Claude Lambert de Thorigny' by Nicolas de Largillière.

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