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Kessinger Publishing, Jun 1, 2004 - Fiction - 452 pages
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The lively comedy of this novel in which a young woman comes of age amid the distractions and temptations of London high society belies the challenges it poses to the conventions of courtship, the dependence of women, and the limitations of domesticity. Contending with the perils and thevaried cast of characters of the marriage market, Belinda strides resolutely toward independence. Admired by her contemporary, Jane Austen, and later by Thackeray and Turgenev, Edgeworth tackles issues of gender and race in a manner at once comic and thought-provoking. The 1802 text used in thisedition also confronts the difficult and fascinating issues of racism and mixed marriage, which Edgeworth toned down in later editions.

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User Review  - Pam - Goodreads

This is one book that I did not like one of the main romantic lead. The lead suffered realistic faults that other novels of the period left out. While I appreciate knowing a more realistic portrayal ... Read full review

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User Review  - Anna Rose - Goodreads

Similar to the novel Evenlina by Frances Burney, Belinda tells the story of a young woman making her way into society. However, Belinda shows a inner-strength and moral sense that naive Evelina lacks. Instead, this novel shows how rational morals are more important than manners. Read full review

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Maria Edgeworth was born in 1767. Her father, Richard Lovell Edgeworth was very important to her as she lived on his estate for most of her life. An Irish novelist, her work included novels about Irish life. Her works are remembered for covering several areas, such as women's education and stories for children and are noted to contain realism and humor. Some of her works include Letters for Literary Ladies (1795), Castle Rackrent (1800), Belinda, (1801), The Absentee (1812) and Moral Tales (1801).

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