This book presents a selection of the educational and occasional writings of Maria Edgeworth. It shows how Maria Edgeworth familiarised herself with the remarkably acute, closely-observed treatises and essays of the true Renaissance man, Francis Bacon. MARIA EDGEWORTH was born in 1768. Her first novel, Castle Rackrent (1800) was also her first Irish tale. The next such tale was Ennui (1809), after which came The Absentee, which began life as an unstaged play and was then published (in prose) in Tales of Fashionable Life (1812), as were several of her other stories. They were followed in 1817 by the last of her Irish tales, Ormond. Maria Edgeworth died in 1849. Edited with an introduction and notes by Marilyn Butler.
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