Maria Edgeworth (1767–1848) has for many years been a neglected figure in Anglo-Irish literature. For much of the present century her books have been out of print. Recently, with the development of interest in women writers, and the growth of feminist schools of criticism, her novels have been more readily available. Concern, however, has focused upon her status as a female novelist, and in particular upon an assessment of the prominent role which her father played in promoting her career, and influencing what she wrote1. This is an intriguing question which, even in the previous century, was always at the forefront of critics’ minds2, but it has sometimes diverted attention from the writing itself.
KeywordsWoman Writer Vernacular Language Irish Background Famine Relief Feminist School
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