Maria Edgeworth

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Mrs Maria Edgeworth is a modern curiosity, for she is both a lady and a novelist. Mrs Edgeworth holds many interesting views, some of them verging on the radical. Her writing however commands not only a wide readership, but the approval of so august a critic as Sir Walter Scott.

Born in England, a life passed largely in Ireland gave Mrs Edgeworth a taste both for politics and authorship - a taste which an indulgent father seems rather to have encouraged than deplored. So it is that over the years Mrs Edgeworth has favoured us with an abundance of works from her pen, of which Castle Rackrent and Belinda are perhaps the best known. It is the latter novel which Jonathan Strange remarks he has already read to his wife, when Sir Walter Pole recommends it to her[27].

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