Fanny Burney compares The Vicar of Wakefield with other sentimental novels, 1768
Fanny Burney (1752-1840) wrote numerous diaries and letters. In 1768 she was reading Goldsmith's novel, and Elizabeth and Richard Griffith's Henry and Frances (1766-So, 6 vols). Their points of similarity and difference prompted the comparison below, which is quoted from The Early Diary of Frances Burney 1768-1778, ed. Anne R. Ellis (1907, 2 vols), i. pp. 13-14. For further biographical material about Fanny Burney, see No. 48 below.