Castle Rackrent (Google eBook)
Set in Ireland prior to its achieving legislative independence from Britain in 1782, Castle Rackrent tells the story of three generations of an estate-owning family as seen through the eyes--and as told in the voice--of their longtime servant, Thady Quirk, recorded and commented on by an anonymous Editor. This edition of Maria Edgeworth's first novel is based on the 1832 edition, the last revised by her, and includes Susan Kubica Howard's foot-of-the-page notes on the text of the memoir as well as on the notes and glosses the Editor offers "for the information of the ignorant English reader." Howard’s Introduction situates the novel in its political and historical context and suggests a reading of the novel as Edgeworth's contribution to the discussion of the controversial Act of Union between Ireland and Britain that went into effect immediately after the novel’s publication in London in 1800.
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Review: Castle RackrentUser Review - Odile Stuart - Goodreads
Very ingenious Russian doll assemblage: A fictitious editor, the main protagonist telling the story but no author or story teller in this book is ever in power or holding the rein of the story for ... Read full review
Review: Castle RackrentUser Review - Paul Blaney - Goodreads
This satire on a century of aristocratic landlords is terrific fun, as well as providing food for thought on the state of 18th-century, pre-Union Ireland. It put me in mind of Tristram Shandy, and The Pickwick Papers. Read full review