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The Absentee

by Maria Edgeworth

Lord Colambre can see that his pretentious mother’s social ambitions earn her nothing but contempt from London’s fashionable society. And it’s come to his attention that his father’s finances have suffered...


Ennui

by Maria Edgeworth

The shiftless Lord Glenthorn has money and a title but suffers from ennui—from boredom. When it is revealed to him that he is not, in fact, an Anglo-Irish earl, but the peasant Christy O’Donoghoe, he must...


Castle Rackrent

by Maria Edgeworth

Faithful family employee Thady Quirk recounts the decline, over four generations, of the Rackrent family. Through gambling, hapless litigation, and general extravagance the Rackrent’s ruin is accomplished,...


Belinda

by Maria Edgeworth

When Belinda Portman, an accomplished and gentle young woman, is sent to live with the witty and charming Lady Delacour, the two quickly develop a close and affectionate bond. With Lady Delacour’s support,...


Ormond

by Maria Edgeworth

Maria Edgeworth’s Ormond tells the story of Harry Ormond, a destitute orphan sent to live with his guardian’s wealthy cousin, King Corny, after his involvement in a nearly fatal shooting. Ormond travels...


The Absentee

by Maria Edgeworth

Just before coming of age, Lord Colambre, the sensitive hero of the novel, finds that his mother Lady Clonbrony's attempts to buy her way into the high society of London are only ridiculed, while his father,...


The Absentee

by Maria Edgeworth

On the eve of his coming of age, a young Lord begins to see the truth of his parents' lives: his mother cannot buy her way into society no matter how hard he tries, and his father is being ruined by her continued...


Castle Rackrent

by Maria Edgeworth

With her satire on Anglo-Irish landlords in Castle Rackrent (1800), Maria Edgeworth pioneered the regional novel and inspired Sir Walter Scott's Waverley (1814). Politically risky, stylistically innovative,...


Belinda

by Maria Edgeworth

The lively comedy of this novel in which a young woman comes of age amid the distractions and temptations of London high society belies the challenges it poses to the conventions of courtship, the dependence...


The Absentee

by Maria Edgeworth

Just before coming of age, Lord Colambre, the sensitive hero of the novel, finds that his mother Lady Clonbrony's attempts to buy her way into the high society of London are only ridiculed, while his father,...


Helen

by Maria Edgeworth & John Mullan

She was the bestselling author of Regency England. Admired by Jane Austen whose fame she eclipsed and dubbed 'Our Great Maria' by Sir Walter Scott. John Ruskin declared her work, 'The most re-readable in existence'....


Patronage

by Maria Edgeworth & John Mullan

About Patronage: She set out to write an adventurous soap opera about the trails and fortunes of two neighbouring families in Regency England. She ended with a searing critique of corruption within British public...