Murad the Unlucky and Other Tales

Murad the Unlucky and Other Tales

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Murad the Unlucky and Other Tales

Murad the Unlucky and Other Tales

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Maria Edgeworth was born at Black Bourton, Oxfordshire, the house of her mother's father, on January 1st, 1767. She was the eldest daughter of Richard Lovell Edgeworth, who, though himself born in Bath, was the scion of a family settled in Ireland from the time of Elizabeth, and giving name to the village of Edgeworthstown, in County Longford.

When she was about six years old, Mr. Edgeworth on his second marriage removed to Ireland, and Maria went with him. From that time the mansion of Edgeworthstown became the residence of the family. Maria was sent to school first at Derby, and afterwards in London. She used to spend part of her holidays with her father's great friend Thomas Day, at Anningsley, in Surrey. Day was very kind to his friend's little girl, watching over her health, and advising her regarding her studies, and she became very fond of him. Years afterwards he wrote that most famous of children's books, Sandford and Merton, to show the application of Rousseau's theories of education to literature. Like his friend Edgeworth, whom he had accompanied on his visit to that author, he was a great admirer of Rousseau and of his educational theories.

Maria's father was a gentleman of thought and culture, who had travelled abroad, and was of an inventive turn. Admiration for Rousseau's writings and theories had considerable influence, as might be expected, on his own and his daughter's opinions on education. Mr. Edgeworth devoted much of his time to scientific pursuits; and after Maria's return to Ireland in 1782, he himself superintended her education. Under his care she became at a very early age an accomplished scholar.

Her father treated her as a confidant and friend; set her to . . .

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