This book is a collection of novels The Absentee, Madame de Fleury, and Emilie de Coulanges by Maria Edgeworth that address issues of nationalism in an Anglo-Irish context and that will be of much use to scholars, students and general readers interested in fictional works. 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.
1. The Absentee 2. Madame de Fleury 3. Emilie de Coulanges