Monday February 17, 2020

Maria Edgeworth: A woman of substance

The 250th anniversary of the birth of writer Maria Edgeworth will be marked this January with events in Ireland and abroad, writes Valerie Pakenham

7th January, 2018
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Valerie Pakenham, the editor of a new collection of her letters

One of the most celebrated authors of her day, Maria Edgeworth is still remembered for her first novel, Castle Rackrent, which remains widely read two centuries on from its publication.

Edgeworth was also a prolific and fascinating letter-writer. Though she deplored the publication of private letters, fortunately her family preserved vast swathes of her correspondence. Now, nearly 170 years after Edgeworth’s death, Valerie Pakenham has edited a new selection from Maria Edgeworth’s original family letters....

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