Virtual Exhibition

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 The Great Maria

 
 

 About this Virtual Exhibition

 

The Anglo-Irish writer and educationalist Maria Edgeworth is best known for her children’s stories and novels on Irish life. One of her earliest works, The Parent’s Assistant or Stories for Children was written for the amusement and instruction of her younger sisters and brothers. Maria grew up on the family estate in Edgeworthstown Co. Longford where the practical business of running the estate brought her into direct contact with the estate’s tenants. Her gift for social observation is reflected in the detailed character sketches and authentic dialogue of her Irish novels, most notably Castle Rackrent and The Absentee​. Maria’s work was very influential but when asked to write a biographical record of herself in the form of a preface to a book she modestly refused saying that, “As a woman … my life, wholly domestic, can offer nothing of interest to the public.”

The images in exhibition have been taken from a selection of her works from the late 1700’s onwards and are available, for consultation only, from selected Libraries NI Heritage Departments. Copies of her novels are available to borrow - The Absentee is also available as an eBook. Read more about Maria Edgeworth in the Oxford Dictionary of Biography available through Libraries NI Virtual Services.  

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