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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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Review: Belinda

User Review  - Allison - Goodreads

After reading my first Burney, I thought it only appropriate to read my first Maria Edgeworth and I was not disappointed. Though it lacked Jane Austen's subtlety and nuance, I liked it very well, very ... Read full review

Review: Belinda

User Review  - Charlotte Rose - Goodreads

I really love the story of Belinda, but I've come to realize I just don't like Edgeworth's writing style. I'm not sure what it is that rankles me but as soon as I pick up one of her books, it's so ... 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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