Castle Rackrent

ISBN-10: 0199537550
ISBN-13: 9780199537556
Edition: 2nd 2008
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Description: This edition of Edgeworth's novel of 1800 includes an annotation, a bibliography, and an introduction that provides crucial literary and historical context and suggests that the novel be read as Edgeworth's contribution to the debate over the Act of  More...

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Book details

List price: $13.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.08" wide x 7.72" long x 0.40" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

This edition of Edgeworth's novel of 1800 includes an annotation, a bibliography, and an introduction that provides crucial literary and historical context and suggests that the novel be read as Edgeworth's contribution to the debate over the Act of Union between Ireland and Britain that went into effect in January, 1801.

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 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.

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