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Maria Edgeworth   By: (1846-1934)

Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

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Famous Women.

MARIA EDGEWORTH.

The next volumes in the Famous Women Series will be :

SARAH AND ANGELINA GRIMKE. By Mrs. Birney.

ANNE BRADSTREET. By Helen Campbell.

Already published :

GEORGE ELIOT. By Miss Blind.

EMILY BRONTË. By Miss Robinson.

GEORGE SAND. By Miss Thomas.

MARY LAMB. By Mrs. Gilchrist

MARGARET FULLER. By Julia Ward Howe.

MARIA EDGEWORTH. By Miss Zimmern.

[Illustration: FAMOUS WOMEN]

MARIA EDGEWORTH.

BY

HELEN ZIMMERN.

BOSTON: ROBERTS BROTHERS. 1884.

Copyright, 1883 , BY ROBERTS BROTHERS.

UNIVERSITY PRESS: JOHN WILSON AND SON, CAMBRIDGE.

PREFACE.

Though many notices of Miss Edgeworth have appeared from time to time, nothing approaching to a Life of her has been published in this country. As I have had the good fortune to have access to an unpublished memoir of her, written by her stepmother, as well as to a large number of her private letters, I am enabled to place what I hope is at least an authentic biography before the reader. Besides much kindness received from the members of Miss Edgeworth's family, I have also to acknowledge my obligations for help afforded in the preparation of this little book to Mrs. George Ticknor and Miss Ticknor of Boston, U. S. A., Mrs. Le Breton, Sir Henry Holland, Bart., the Rev. Canon Holland, the Rev. Dr. Sadler and Mr. F. Y. Edgeworth.

H. Z.

LONDON, August, 1883.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

PAGE

INTRODUCTORY 9

CHAPTER II.

EARLY YEARS 17

CHAPTER III.

GIRLHOOD 28

CHAPTER IV.

WOMANHOOD 42

CHAPTER V.

"PRACTICAL EDUCATION" CHILDREN'S BOOKS 52

CHAPTER VI.

IRISH AND MORAL TALES 73

CHAPTER VII.

IN FRANCE AND AT HOME 88

CHAPTER VIII.

FASHIONABLE AND POPULAR TALES 116

CHAPTER IX.

VISIT TO LONDON MR. EDGEWORTH'S DEATH 144

CHAPTER X.

LATER NOVELS GENERAL ESTIMATE 161

CHAPTER XI.

VISITS ABROAD AND AT HOME 193

CHAPTER XII.

MR. EDGEWORTH'S MEMOIRS PUBLISHED 1821 TO 1825 214

CHAPTER XIII.

1826 TO 1834 237

CHAPTER XIV.

LAST YEARS 269

MARIA EDGEWORTH.

CHAPTER I.

INTRODUCTORY.

Too many memoirs begin with tradition; to trace a subject ab ovo seems to have a fatal attraction for the human mind. It is not needful to retrace so far in speaking of Miss Edgeworth; but, for a right understanding of her life and social position, it is necessary to say some words about her ancestry. Of her family and descent she might well be proud, if ancestry alone, apart from the question whether those ancestors of themselves merit the admiration of their descendants, be a legitimate source of pride. The Edgeworths, originally established, it is believed, at Edgeworth, now Edgeware, in Middlesex, would appear to have settled in Ireland in the sixteenth century. The earliest of whom we have historical record is Roger Edgeworth, a monk, who followed in the footsteps of his sovereign, Henry VIII., both by being a defender of the faith and by succumbing to the bright eyes of beauty, for whose sake he finally renounced Catholicism and married. His sons, Edward and Francis; went to Ireland. The elder brother, Edward, became Bishop of Down and Connor, and died without issue. It was the younger, Francis, who founded the house of Edgeworth of Edgeworthstown; and ever since Edgeworthstown, in the county of Longford, Ireland, has remained in the possession of the family whence it derived its name. The Edgeworths soon became one of the most powerful families in the district, and experienced their full share of the perils and vicissitudes of the stormy period that apparently ended with the victories of William III. Most members of the family seem to have been gay and extravagant, living in alternate affluence and distress, and several of Maria Edgeworth's characters of Irish squires are derived from her ancestors... Continue reading book >>




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