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Castle Rackrent and Ennui

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ISBN-10: 0140433201

ISBN-13: 9780140433203

Edition: 1992

Authors: Mar�a Edgeworth, Marilyn Butler, Maria Edgeworth, Marilyn Butler, Maria Edgeworth

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Thady Quirk, devoted steward to the decaying estate of the Rackrent family, narrates a riotous story of four generations of a dying dynasty in Castle Rackrent (1800). Thady will defend his masters to the end, but eventually his naivety and blind loyalty cause him to ignore the warning signs as the family's excesses lead them to ruin. This volume also includes Ennui, the entertaining 'confessions' of the Earl of Glenthorn, a bored, spoiled aristocrat. Desperate to be free from 'the demon of ennui', Glenthorn's quest for happiness takes him through violence and revolution, and leads to intriguing twists of fate. Both novels offer a darkly comic and satirical exposé of the Irish class system,…    
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/5/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

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…    

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works…    

Introduction
Note on the Text
Bibliography
Castle Rackrent
Glossary
Ennui
Appendix: Review-article by R. L. and Maria Edgeworth of John Carr's The Stranger in Ireland
Notes