Edward Kimber, 'The Happy Orphans'

Edward Kimber, 'The Happy Orphans'

Translated from the French of Monsieur Crebillion
Edward Kimber
Jan Herman
Beatrijs Vanacker
Volume: 29
Copyright Date: 2015
Pages: 298
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    Edward Kimber, 'The Happy Orphans'
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    Edward Kimber’s The Happy Orphans, published in 1759, revolves around the orphaned twins, Edward and Lucy, who are reunited with their family after numerous adventures and turns of fate. The Happy Orphans is the English adaptation and translation of Crébillon’s Les Heureux Orphelins (1754), itself a translation and adaptation of Eliza Haywood’s The Fortunate Foundlings (1744). Kimber’s novel attests to the complex modes of transfer for novels crossing between Britain and France in the eighteenth century. This critical edition aims to promote a wider understanding of the transcultural dimensions of the Rise of the Novel. It also highlights the distinctive literary quality and position of The Happy Orphans in a concluding analysis that sheds light on a central theme – the narrative intertwinements of Virtue and Providence.

    eISBN: 978-1-78188-240-5
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[iv])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [v]-[viii])
    (pp. 1-20)

    The Happy Orphansis first published in 1759 and recounts the story of orphaned twins, Edward and Lucy, who are reunited with their family after numerous adventures and various turns of fate, ultimately seeing their exemplary conduct throughout their misfortunes ratified with happy marriages. This main plot is set against the historical backdrop of theGlorious Revolution¹, when the foundling twins are abandoned on the estate of Lord Rutland who assures their upbringing and education.² The twins come of age and the narrative progresses to a passage where Edward, the male protagonist, takes leave from his protector with the ambition...

    (pp. 21-22)
  5. 3 THE HAPPY ORPHANS: AN AUTHENTIC HISTORY OF Persons in High Life. WITH A Variety of uncommon Events and surprizing Turns of Fortune.
    (pp. 23-236)

    We have retained the French Idiom, in this translation, as far as it could be clear to the English reader; and the masters of the French tongue will observe, that we have taken no other liberty than to run, at times, two or three sentences into one, preserving all the ideas, whilst we less embarrass the sense.¹ The short, starty sentences, which are deemed a beauty by the French, are not very pleasing to an English reader.

    It was in the year 1688, a year so memorable for the exile and misfortunes ofJamesthe second, that anEnglishyoung...

    (pp. 237-243)

    InThe Fortunate Foundlings, the plot opens with an enigma : shortly after returning to England, Dorilaus discovers in the gardens of his estate a basket with two newborn babies, who go by the names of Horatio and Louisa, as explained in the letter attached to the basket. Left in the dark about the twin’s identity, he nevertheless decides to raise them as his own and assure their education. While little attention is paid to the orphans’ childhood, the narrative progresses to a passage where Horatio, the male protagonist, takes leave from his protector with the ambition to make a...

    (pp. 244-248)
  8. 6 THE HAPPY ORPHANS By Edward Kimber: Four Weddings and a Funeral
    (pp. 249-283)

    It is undeniable that the rise of the novel was an international phenomenon. In spite of the developments and movements related to national contexts, the rise and subsequent triumph of a new form of narration to which Ian Watt¹ dedicated his fundamental book simultaneously affected Spain, England and France. It is to the study of this transnational aspect of the phenomenon that our analysis ofThe Happy Orphansdesires to contribute.

    The triptych that consists ofThe Fortunate Foundlingsby Eliza Haywood (1744),Les Heureux Orphelinsby Crébillon-fils (1754) andThe Happy Orphansby Edward Kimber (1759) is an exemplary...

    (pp. 284-287)
  10. Back Matter
    (pp. 288-290)