Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. A. Stanley Trickett


The purpose of the study is to call the attention of present-day historians to the importance of Maria Edgeworth’s “Irish novels.” Miss Edgeworth’s Significance in the field of literature has long been acknowledged. However, she is also entitled to recognition as a social historian because of the content of her novels, especially those dealing with Ireland. These novels accurately depict the social situation and lifestyles of the various classes of early nineteenth-century Irishmen. This study begins with a brief survey of the early history of Ireland and a review of the Anglo-Irish political arrangements of Maria's day. A consideration of those aspects of Maria's life which qualified her to write about all classes of Irish society follows: an examination of the various aspects of Irish life and character as they were portrayed in the Irish novels completes the study.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1972 Patricia Neumann Shreves.

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