Maria Edgeworth

Maria Edgeworth, 1767–1849, Irish novelist; daughter of Richard Lovell Edgeworth. She lived practically her entire life on her father's estate in Ireland. Letters for Literary Ladies (1795), her first publication, argued for the education of women. She is best known for her novels of Irish life—Castle Rackrent (1800), Belinda (1801), and The Absentee (1812). Although her works are marred somewhat by didacticism, they are notable for their realism, humor, and freshness of style. She also wrote a number of stories for children, including Moral Tales (1801).

See selected letters ed. by C. Colvin (1971); studies by M. Butler (1972) and C. Owens (1987).

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Maria Edgeworth
P. H. Newby.
A. Swallow, 1950
Castle Rackrent
Maria Edgeworth.
Oxford University, 1999
FREE! Murad, the Unlucky: A Tale
Maria Edgeworth.
Blackie & Son, Limited, 1906
The Comic Tradition in Irish Women Writers
Theresa O'Conner.
University Press of Florida, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "The Voices of Maria Edgeworth's Comedy"
Nobody's Story: The Vanishing Acts of Women Writers in the Marketplace, 1670-1820
Catherine Gallagher.
Clarendon Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "The Changeling's Debt: Maria Edgeworth's Productive Fictions"
Eighteenth-Century Women and the Arts
Frederick M. Keener; Susan E. Lorsch.
Greenwood Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 15 "Defining the Educative Process: Maria Edgeworth's Belinda"
Re-Visioning Romanticism: British Women Writers, 1776-1837
Carol Shiner Wilson; Joel Haefner.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "Lost Needles, Tangled Threads: Stitchery, Domesticity, and the Artistic Enterprise in Barbauld, Edgeworth, Taylor, and Lamb" begins on p. 167
Modern Irish Literature: Sources and Founders
Vivian Mercier; Eilís Dillon.
Clarendon Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "Fearing to Speak of Ninety-Eight: Maria Edgeworth, Moore, and Others" begins on p. 38
Romantic Masculinity in Edgeworth's Ennui and Scott's Marmion: In Itself a Border Story
Beesemyer, Irene A.
Papers on Language & Literature, Vol. 35, No. 1, Winter 1999
Cosmopolitical Economy: Exchangeable Value and National Development in Adam Smith and Maria Edgeworth
Easton, Fraser.
Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 42, No. 1, Spring 2003
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