Maria Edgeworth

Maria Edgeworth was a prolific Anglo-Irish writer known for her children's literature and novels that depicted the society and politics of her time. She was a significant figure in the development of the novel in Europe and is often credited with helping to establish the genre of the regional novel.


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  1. 1. Castle Rackrent

    "Castle Rackrent" is a satirical novel that chronicles the declining fortunes and ultimate ruin of a once noble Irish family through the eyes of their loyal and long-serving steward. The family's successive heirs each contribute to the downfall through their reckless extravagance, drunkenness, gambling, and overall mismanagement. The narrative provides a critique of the Anglo-Irish landlords of the time, highlighting their exploitation of the Irish peasantry and their disregard for the responsibilities that came with their privileged position.

    The 644th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Ennui

    This novel explores the life of Lord Glenthorn, a wealthy but disenchanted Irish peer who suffers from profound boredom and a lack of purpose. After discovering that he is not the legitimate heir to his estate, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery and redemption. Through various trials and a quest for genuine human connection, the protagonist learns the value of hard work, the importance of his Irish heritage, and the power of love. Set against the backdrop of early 19th-century Ireland, the story delves into themes of identity, societal obligation, and the search for meaning in life.

    The 4169th Greatest Book of All Time