Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
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.
Shreves, Patricia Neumann, "Maria Edgeworth: Novelist as a social historian of early nineteenth century Ireland" (1972). Student Work. 3196.
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