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Maria Edgeworth (1767–1849)

Autor(a) de Castle Rackrent

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About the Author

Maria Edgeworth was born in Blackbourton, Oxfordshire, England on January 1, 1767. She was educated at a school in Derby, England and then attended a school in London. In 1782, she went to live with her father at Edgeworthstown and acted as his chief assistant and secretary in the management of his mostrar mais estates. She helped educate her brothers and sisters, and the stories she invented for them were later published under the title The Parents Assistant. Her novels and stories fall into three categories: sketches of Irish life, commentary on contemporary English society, and instruction in children's moral training. Her first work, Letters for Literary Ladies, a plea for the reform of woman's education, was published in 1795. She would later collaborate with her father Richard Lovell Edgeworth on Practical Education and Essays on Professional Education. Her first novel, Castle Rackrent, was published in 1800. Her other works include Belinda, Moral Tales, The Absentee, and Helen. During the Irish famine (1845-1847), she did what she could to alleviate the suffering of the Irish peasants including having a large quantity of flour and rice sent over from Boston to give out among the starving. She died in 1849 at the age of 82. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Maria Edgeworth

Castle Rackrent (1800) 850 exemplares
Belinda (1801) 585 exemplares
The Absentee (1812) 364 exemplares
Castle Rackrent and Ennui (1993) 308 exemplares
Castle Rackrent / The Absentee (1800) 186 exemplares
Ormond (1817) 156 exemplares
Helen (1834) 140 exemplares
Patronage (1814) 94 exemplares
Moral Tales for Young People (1866) 36 exemplares
The Parent's Assistant (1796) 35 exemplares
Ennui (1809) 34 exemplares
Harrington (1817) 28 exemplares
Popular Tales (1848) 19 exemplares
The Lottery (1996) 19 exemplares
Leonora (1806) 18 exemplares
Tales and Novels (2003) 14 exemplares
The Bracelets (2004) 11 exemplares
Tales and Novels - Volume 05 (2007) 10 exemplares
The Modern Griselda (2009) 10 exemplares
Tales of fashionable life (2018) 8 exemplares
Harry & Lucy (1825) 8 exemplares
Practical education (2003) 7 exemplares
Frank (2012) 6 exemplares
[No title] 5 exemplares
Tales from Maria Edgeworth (2002) 5 exemplares
Practical Education, Volume I (2010) 5 exemplares
Simple Susan (1819) 4 exemplares
Orlandino (1853) 3 exemplares
Letters from England, 1813-1844 (1971) 3 exemplares
The Maria Edgeworth Collection (2016) 3 exemplares
Maria Edgeworth: Chosen Letters (1979) 3 exemplares
Comic dramas in three acts (2007) 3 exemplares
Practical Education, Volume II (2010) 3 exemplares
Lazy Lawrence 2 exemplares
Manoeuvring (2008) 2 exemplares
Vivian (2009) 2 exemplares
Angelina; Or, L'Amie Inconnue (2008) 2 exemplares
The birth-day present 2 exemplares
The Prussian Vase 1 exemplar
Lame Jervas 1 exemplar
Angelina 1 exemplar
Madame de Fleury 1 exemplar
The Good Aunt 1 exemplar
Early Lessons, Volume II (2008) 1 exemplar
Rosanna (2008) 1 exemplar
Forgive And Forget: A Tale (2011) 1 exemplar
Tales and Novels Volume 09 (2010) 1 exemplar
Murad, the unlucky 1 exemplar
Leonora Volume II 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Art of the Personal Essay (1994) — Contribuidor — 1,371 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction (1999) — Contribuidor — 149 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
Mary Barton [Norton Critical Edition] (2008) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
Great Irish Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) (2005) — Contribuidor — 59 exemplares
The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers (2015) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
Eighteenth Century Women: An Anthology (1984) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
Great Short Novels of the World (1927) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Minor Classics of Nineteenth-Century Fiction [2-volume set] (1967) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Hole in the Wall and Other Stories (1968) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
A Cabinet of Gems: Short Stories from the English Annuals (1938) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
The World's Best Stories for Boys and Girls: Second Series (1930) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
English short stories of the nineteenth century — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Edgeworth, Maria
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
St. John's Church, Edgeworthstown, Longford, Ireland (family tomb)
Local de nascimento
Black Bourton, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Edgeworthstown, County Longford, Ireland
Locais de residência
Edgeworthstown, County Longford, Ireland (death)
Blackbourton, Oxfordshire, England, UK (birth)
at home
children's writer
social reformer
Edgeworth, Richard Lovell (father)
Edgeworth, M. Pakenham (half-brother)
Edgeworth, Francis Ysidro (nephew)
Butler, D. E. (great-great-nephew)
Beddoes, Thomas (brother-in-law)
Beddoes, Thomas Lovell (nephew) (mostrar todos 9)
Lazarus, Rachel Mordecai (friend)
Carrington, Leonora (descendant)
Moorhead, Joanna (descendant)

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From PBS.org: Maria Edgeworth is often called the "Irish Jane Austen" or the "female Sir Walter Scott," although her writing actually influenced both. Her novels and stories fall into three categories: sketches of Irish life, commentary on contemporary English society, and instruction in children's moral training. Published between 1796 and 1834, her work is characterized by both a Scott-like Romantic attachment to the past and an Austenian wit and rationalism. The English-born Edgeworth was the second of her father's 21 children (by four wives). She was schooled in Derby, England, and then in London. Her father believed that education was central to the construction of the "new" individual of the 18th-century, who would rise on merit rather than birth -- an idea derived from and also spurring the revolutions in politics and philosophy in the late 1700s. In 1782, Maria Edgeworth went to live with her father in Ireland and served as his property manager. Here she collected material for her novels about Irish landlords and peasants, but she also ingested his theories of education. Thirteen years later, Maria Edgeworth's first published work appeared: "Letters for Literary Ladies," a plea for women's education reform. She would later collaborate with her father on Practical Education (1798) and Essays on Professional Education (1809). Maria Edgeworth's first novel, probably her most famous work, Castle Rackrent (1800), was originally published anonymously. During the Irish famine of 1845-1847, she worked arduously for the relief of the Irish peasants.



Group read: Belinda by Maria Edgeworth em Virago Modern Classics (Março 2019)
Group read: Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth em 75 Books Challenge for 2015 (Maio 2015)


Read for a graduate seminar on Romantic Era Women Writers at CU Boulder.

I want to love this novel for its entertainment factor and for the illusion of an independent heroine, but I find it impossible to get over all the stalkeresque male heroes and their racist allies. Therefore, proceed, but with caution. This is far more entertaining than most of the novels I've read from this era - but if you're a feminist, you'll probably be every bit as disgusted with the narrative arc as I was.
BreePye | 7 outras críticas | Oct 6, 2023 |
Multigenerational tale capturing the flaws of the English presence and landowning in Ireland.
brakketh | 22 outras críticas | Aug 27, 2023 |
The Absentee is basically a political book using fiction to decry the decimation of the Irish by absentee landlords. Along the way it also jabs at the pretenses of English high society and softening it all with a love story and a happier than realistic ending.
snash | 7 outras críticas | Jul 17, 2023 |
Oh what a delicious, funny and painful (as all truly deep humor is) book: a portrait, written in the early 19th century, about a series of negligent (understatement) Anglo-Irish landowners over a series of generations (supposedly in the 18th century, but . . . ) as narrated by the faithful Thady Quirk, estate agent to most of them as he lives into his 90's. Rack renting was the lamentable practice of, essentially, leasing a parcel of land to a person who would then rent said parcel out in smaller landholdings at madly overrated prices and without any restrictions or responsibilities toward the land or for those who cultivated it. Everyone made money except the folks at the bottom, who barely ended up scratching out a living and who had no security, no reason either than to practice farming at its worst (for the hope of quickest and surest profit) and in this practice lie the origins and reason for the famine. No, Edgeworth didn't prophecy the famine, how could she, and yet, a modern reader cannot help feel awe at her acuity and the sheer genius. I plan to listen to this in a recorded book form pronto -- I had to read it aloud in a pretend Irish accent, to get the full glory. *****… (mais)
sibylline | 22 outras críticas | Apr 16, 2023 |



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