Tales of Fashionable Life: Volume 1

J. Johnson
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Maria Edgeworth's?Tales of?Fashionable Life?is noted for its telling and accurate?representations of life in Ireland. Edgeworth used her writing as a platform to?advocate for her politics. She was especially interested in the relationships?between aristocrats and their tenants. The first volume of?Tales of Fashionable Life?contains the novel?Ennui.?
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J. Johnson
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Dec 31, 1809
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400
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English
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Castle Rackrent—Maria Edgeworth’s first novel, and the work for which she was and is best known—occupies a most unusual place in the history both of Irish literature and of English-language fiction. It has sometimes been called the first historical novel in English literature, yet in its tone it more closely resembles a comedy of manners than anything in the genre that has come to be known as “the historical novel.” It has been identified as the first of other lines as well—the first English novel written in a non-standard dialect, the first “provincial” or “regional” novel, and the first in what developed into the “big house” tradition of novels focused on the lives of the Anglo-Irish Protestant landholding class that dominated much of Ireland for centuries. Its innovative use of an unreliable narrator makes it also, arguably, an important milestone in the development of the novel form as a whole.

Castle Rackrent chronicles the declining fortunes and ultimate ruin of the Rackrent family through the mishandling of their estate by a series of incompetent and irresponsible heirs.

Edgeworth attested in a letter she wrote years later that “the only character drawn from the life” in the novel is Thady Quirk (servant to the Rackrent family, and the novel’s narrator). But the novel as a whole is grounded in real events—the careless landlords and the “middle men who grind the face of the poor” described in Edgeworth’s fiction were very real in eighteenth-century Ireland.

This edition does more than any other to set this classic novel in the political, economic, and religious context of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Irish life; in addition to an illuminating introduction, the edition includes a variety of background historical materials.

The esteemed contemporary of Jane Austen and Sir Walter Scott, Maria Edgeworth was a pioneer writer of children's literature and a significant figure in the evolution of the novel in Europe, whose works depict advanced views on the rights of women, politics, education and her beloved Ireland. This comprehensive eBook presents the complete novels of Maria Edgeworth, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing for the first time in digital print, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Edgeworth's life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* ALL 9 novels, with individual contents tables
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Many short story collections – including the classic children’s collections EARLY LESSONS and FRANK, appearing here for the first time in digital print
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the short stories
* Also includes the rare short story collection THE MOST UNFORTUNATE DAY OF MY LIFE AND OTHER STORIES, which was published posthumously
* Easily locate the short stories you want to read
* Edgeworth’s plays and a selection of non-fiction
* Includes Edgeworth's letters - spend hours exploring the author’s personal correspondence, with detailed table of contents
* Features two biographies, including a selection of her husband’s memoirs - explore Edgeworth's literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

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CONTENTS:

The Novels
CASTLE RACKRENT
BELINDA
THE MODERN GRISELDA
LEONORA
PATRONAGE
HARRINGTON
ORMOND
HELEN
ORLANDINO

The Shorter Fiction
THE PARENT’S ASSISTANT
HARRY AND LUCY: BEING THE FIRST PART OF EARLY LESSONS
MORAL TALES
POPULAR TALES
TALES OF FASHIONABLE LIFE
FRANK: A SEQUEL OF EARLY LESSONS
GARRY OWEN; OR, THE SNOW-WOMAN, AND OTHER STORIES
THE LITTLE DOG TRUSTY; THE ORANGE MAN; AND THE CHERRY ORCHARD
THE MOST UNFORTUNATE DAY OF MY LIFE AND OTHER STORIES

The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Plays
COMIC DRAMAS IN THREE ACTS

The Letters
THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF MARIA EDGEWORTH

The Non-Fiction
PRACTICAL EDUCATION
ESSAY ON IRISH BULLS
AN ESSAY ON THE NOBLE SCIENCE OF SELF-JUSTIFICATION

The Biographies
RICHARD LOVELL EDGEWORTH: A SELECTION FROM HIS MEMOIRS
MARIA EDGEWORTH by Helen Zimmern

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