MARIA EDGEWORTH 250th Anniversary

Amy Prendergast celebrates the life and work of pioneering Irish novelist Maria Edgeworth

EXTRACT:

This January marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of one of the most successful authors of the early nineteenth century. Maria Edgeworth’s work altered the literary landscape and influenced contemporary writers and subsequent generations, while offering new perspectives on life in Ireland to readers both familiar and unfamiliar with the concerns explored within her novels.

Born on 1 January 1768, Edgeworth moved with her family from Oxfordshire to Edgeworthstown in County Longford in 1782. This relocation precipitated the creation of a network of intellectual exchange and discussion in the Irish midlands, which would emanate out from Longford to counties Louth, Meath and Westmeath in particular, as the Edgeworth family library became a centre of literary debate and cultural transfers.[…]

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January/February 2018 (issue no.377) 


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