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Edgeworth, Maria 1768-1849

Works: 3,210 works in 9,902 publications in 7 languages and 83,584 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biographies  Domestic fiction  Juvenile works  Personal correspondence  Pastoral fiction  History  Satire  Literature  Novels 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Creator, Bibliographic antecedent, Translator, Correspondent, Former owner
Classifications: PR4644, 823.7
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Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth( )

226 editions published between 1787 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 5,492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With her satire on Anglo-Irish landlords in Castle Rackrent (1800), Maria Edgeworth pioneered the regional novel and inspired Sir Walter Scott's Waverley (1814). Politically risky, stylistically innovative, and wonderfully entertaining, the novel changes the focus of the conflict in Ireland from religion to class, and boldly predicts the rise of the Irish Catholic bourgeoisie
The absentee by Maria Edgeworth( )

147 editions published between 1812 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 4,518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lord and Lady Clonbrony are more concerned with fashionable London society than with their responsibilities to those who live and work on their Irish estate. Concerned by this negligence, their son Lord Colambre goes incognito to Ireland to observe the situation and to discover the truth about the origins of his beloved cousin Grace. Can he find a solution that will bring prosperity and contentment to every level of society, including his own family?"--Back cover
The parent's assistant or, Stories for children by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

243 editions published between 1796 and 2018 in English and Italian and held by 1,811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Parent's Assistant is one of Maria Edgeworth's best-known children's books. Written to educate children about proper behavior and ethics, the collection of stories was intended for parents to read and share with their children
Castle Rackrent ; and, the absentee by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

101 editions published between 1894 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in rural Ireland and London society, this novel attacks the evils of absentee ownership and the wrongs that spring from it
Practical education by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

103 editions published between 1798 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The scientist Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744-1817), educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and Oxford, was a Member of the Lunar Society of Birmingham, where he exchanged ideas with other scientists, including James Watt, and was known for his significant mechanical inventions. However, Edgeworth's real interest was education: in this 1788 two-volume work, written with his daughter, the poet Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849), he draws on his own experience of raising twenty children (by his four wives), from which the work derives its authority
Helen by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

125 editions published between 1834 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel of manners and conversation in the patrician social mielieu of England and London in the 1820's and 1803's. It begins as a novel of courtship, destined to end with the happy betrothal of its heroine, the orphaned Helen Stanley, but it soon turns into the story of Helen's friend Lady Cecilia Clarendon, and the crumbling of her marriage as her beguiling and harmless lies, not told in malice, becomes self-destructive to those whom she loves
Belinda by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

112 editions published between 1787 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maria Edgeworth won the admiration of her contemporaries Jane Austen and Walter Scott as well as later writers such as Thackeray and Turgenev. In Belinda (1801) she tackles issues of gender and race in a manner at once comic and thought-provoking. Braving the perils of the marriage market, Belinda learns to think for herself as the examples of her friends prove singularly unreliable. Edgeworth's varied cast includes the bewitching aristocrat, Lady Delacour, whose dreadful secret puts her in the power of her volatile servant; the dashing Creole gentleman, Mr. Vincent, who almost succeeds in winning Belinda's hand if not her heart; the eccentric Clarence Hervey, whose attempts to create an ideal wife backfire; and the outrageous Harriet Freke, whose antics as social outlaw land her in a mantrap. This lively comedy challenges the conventions of courtship, examines questions of female independence, and exposes the limits of domesticity. The text used in this edition (1802) also confronts the difficult and fascinating issues of racism and mixed marriage, which Edgeworth toned down in later editions
Castle Rackrent : an Hibernian tale : Taken from facts, and from the manners of the Irish squires, before the year 1782 by Maria Edgeworth( )

76 editions published between 1800 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 1,043 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Castle Rackrent--Maria Edgeworth's first novel, and the work for which she was and is best known--occupies a most unusual place in the history both of Irish literature and of English-language fiction. It has sometimes been called the first historical novel in English literature, yet in its tone it more closely resembles a comedy of manners than anything in the genre that has come to be known as "the historical novel." It has been identified as the first of other lines as well--the first English novel written in a non-standard dialect, the first "provincial" or "regional" novel, and the first in what developed into the "big house" tradition of novels focused on the lives of the Anglo-Irish Protestant landholding class that dominated much of Ireland for centuries. Its innovative use of an unreliable narrator makes it also, arguably, an important milestone in the development of the novel form as a whole. Castle Rackrent chronicles the declining fortunes and ultimate ruin of the Rackrent family through the mishandling of their estate by a series of incompetent and irresponsible heirs. Edgeworth attested in a letter she wrote years later that "the only character drawn from the life" in the novel is Thady Quirk (servant to the Rackrent family, and the novel's narrator). But the novel as a whole is grounded in real events--the careless landlords and the "middle men who grind the face of the poor" described in Edgeworth's fiction were very real in eighteenth-century Ireland. This edition does more than any other to set this classic novel in the political, economic, and religious context of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Irish life; in addition to an illuminating introduction, the edition includes a variety of background historical materials."--
Ormond : a tale by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

99 editions published between 1817 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Handsome Harry Ormond has been brought up, with a mixture of indulgence and neglect, by corrupt Anglo-Irish politician Sir Ulick O'Shane... When his hot temper involves him in a near-fatal shooting, Harry is sent into the care of Sir Ulick's eccentric cousin, King Corny. Forced to reflect on his situation as a young man with neither property nor fortune, Harry resolves in future to be what he admires and 'shine forth an Irish Tom Jones'. His ensuing adventures take him from rural Ireland to fashionable Parisian society, where his good intentions in the areas of books, love and money are thoroughly tested."--Provided by publisher
Letters for literary ladies to which is added, An essay on the noble science of self-justification by Maria Edgeworth( )

63 editions published between 1795 and 2018 in English and held by 949 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maria Edgeworth's first book makes a humorous contribution to the 1790s debate on women's intellectual emancipation. In three linked sections, the "gentleman" advises his friend against the dangers of female education, convinced it leads to immodesty and threatens the social order. Yet Caroline, upbraiding her society friend Julia for her flighty behaviour, proves that education can reinforce the feminine virtues he fears for, while the satirical "Essay', which purports to teach brides how to win the marriage war with such weapons as shrillness and duplicity, shows the social manipulation uneducated women can practise. -- Provided by publisher
Popular tales by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

147 editions published between 1787 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This engaging collection of stories, published in 1804, was intended not for polite society, but rather to inform and entertain everyday people. With her customary feel for character, lively dialogue, and straightforward style, Edgeworth pens tales that are as readable now as they were when first written. The selections include Murad the Unlucky," The Lottery," and The Limerick Gloves."
Essay on Irish bulls by Richard Lovell Edgeworth( Book )

54 editions published between 1802 and 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 773 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comic dramas : in three acts by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

43 editions published between 1817 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maria Edgeworth demonstrates her skills as a playwright in?Comic Dramas: In Three Acts.?The book includes three plays: "Love and Law," "The Two Guardians"?and "The Rose, Thistle and Shamrock."
Harry and Lucy : being the first part of Early lessons by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

32 editions published between 1801 and 1982 in English and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frank : a sequel to Frank in early lessons by Maria Edgeworth( )

50 editions published between 1822 and 1867 in English and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tales and novels by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

39 editions published between 1848 and 1969 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frank by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

67 editions published between 1800 and 1979 in 3 languages and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The barring out, or, Party spirit by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

34 editions published between 1804 and 1982 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early lessons by Maria Edgeworth( )

104 editions published between 1801 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harry and Lucy concluded : Being the last part of early lessons by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

57 editions published between 1825 and 1862 in English and Undetermined and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The absentee
The absenteeThe parent's assistant or, Stories for childrenCastle Rackrent ; and, the absenteePractical educationHelenBelindaOrmond : a taleLetters for literary ladies to which is added, An essay on the noble science of self-justificationPopular tales
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Author of Letters for literary ladies 1767-1849

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Author of Practical education 1767-1849

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Edźewort Mis

Èdžvort, Mariâ.

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Letters for literary ladies, Author of 1767-1849

Letters for literary ladies, Author of 1768-1849

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Practical education, Author of 1767-1849

Practical education, Author of 1768-1849

Μαρία Έτζγουορθ

Мария Еджуърт

Марія Еджворт

Эджворт, М 1767-1849

Эджворт Мария

Эджуорт, Мария

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מריה אדג'וורת' סופרת אירית

ماريا ايدجوورث كاتبة أيرلندية

ماریا ادقورث

മരിയ എഡ്‍ജ്‍വർത്ത്

마리아 에지워스 1768-1849

엣지워스, 마리아 1768-1849


エッジウォース, マリア


エッジワース, マライア


埃杰窝斯, 玛丽亚


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Italian (4)

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