"Evelina was the first book I had bought"

Evelina: Or the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World is an epistolatory novel written by Frances Burney. First published anonymously in 1778, the three-volume satirical novel is about the unacknowledged daughter of an English aristocrat. Sentimental, humorous and romantic in style, the plot follows the events of Evelina’s life as she makes her entrance into society and falls in love with a nobleman.