The warm reception that Castle Rackrent and others of Edgeworth's novels had met with—not as historical novels in the sense that he ended up writing them, but as novels of Irish life—encouraged him to think he might, ...
Author: Maria Edgeworth
Publisher: Broadview Press
Castle Rackrent—Maria Edgeworth’s first novel, and the work for which she was and is best known—occupies a most unusual place in the history both of Irish literature and of English-language fiction. It has sometimes been called the first historical novel in English literature, yet in its tone it more closely resembles a comedy of manners than anything in the genre that has come to be known as “the historical novel.” It has been identified as the first of other lines as well—the first English novel written in a non-standard dialect, the first “provincial” or “regional” novel, and the first in what developed into the “big house” tradition of novels focused on the lives of the Anglo-Irish Protestant landholding class that dominated much of Ireland for centuries. Its innovative use of an unreliable narrator makes it also, arguably, an important milestone in the development of the novel form as a whole. Castle Rackrent chronicles the declining fortunes and ultimate ruin of the Rackrent family through the mishandling of their estate by a series of incompetent and irresponsible heirs. Edgeworth attested in a letter she wrote years later that “the only character drawn from the life” in the novel is Thady Quirk (servant to the Rackrent family, and the novel’s narrator). But the novel as a whole is grounded in real events—the careless landlords and the “middle men who grind the face of the poor” described in Edgeworth’s fiction were very real in eighteenth-century Ireland. This edition does more than any other to set this classic novel in the political, economic, and religious context of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Irish life; in addition to an illuminating introduction, the edition includes a variety of background historical materials.
stances of generosity , erected a handsome marble stone in the church of Castle Rack- rent , setting forth in large letters his age , birth , parentage , and many other virtues , concluding with the compliment so justly due , that " Sir ...
Lady Rackrent over to England brought over the new heir to Castle Rackrent . Here let me pause for breath in my story , for though I had a great regard for every member of the family , yet without compare Sir Conolly , commonly called ...
Author: Maria Edgeworth
Category: Administration of estates
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.
We have begged Johnson to send “Castle Rackrent;” I hope it has reached you: do not mention to any one that it is ours. * * * ‡ From J. C. Augustus Hare, ed., The Life and Letters of Maria Edgeworth, vol. 1 (Cambridge, MA: Houghton ...
Author: Maria Edgeworth
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Category: Literary Criticism
The only edition of this 1800 novel—widely regarded as the first historical novel—to include supporting materials on both the importance of Maria Edgeworth as a writer and the influence of contemporary history on this novel. Castle Rackrent’s publication in 1800 signaled many firsts: the first historical novel, the first regional novel in English, the first “big house” novel, the first Anglo-Irish novel, and the first novel with a narrator who is neither reliable nor part of the action. This Norton Critical Edition is based on the Baldwin & Cradock edition that appeared as part of an eighteen-volume collected edition titled Tales and Novels of Maria Edgeworth (1832–33). It is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations. Ryan Twomey focuses the volume’s “Backgrounds and Contexts” on Edgeworth’s importance as a writer, the influence of contemporary historical events on her writing (most importantly, the Act of Union of 1800, which united Ireland and Great Britain), and Castle Rackrent’s impact on the development of the novel. These include a selection of Edgeworth’s letters; five major contemporary reviews; biographical pieces; Sir Walter Scott on Edgeworth and her response to him; and excerpts from Edgeworth’s juvenilia, The Double Disguise. “Criticism” is thematically organized to give readers a clear sense of Castle Rackrent’s major themes: Irish writing and specifically the Irish novel, narrative voices, patriarchy and paternalism, and Edgeworth’s Hiberno-English writing. Contributors include Seamus Deane, Marilyn Butler, Katherine O’Donnell, Julia Nash, Joyce Flynn, and Brian Hollingworth, among others. A chronology of Edgeworth’s life and work and a selected bibliography are also included.
... at Castle Rackrent by my son Jason , and questioned of all he knew of my lady from the servant at Mount Juliet's town ; and and the gossoon told him my lady Rack- rent was ( 168 ) sight of the ready cash upon the bed ...
Tis an ill wind that blows nobody no good - the same wind that took the Jew lady Rackrent over to England brought over the new heir to Castle Rack- rent . Here let me pause for breath in my story , for though I had a great regard for ...
CASTLE RACKRENT. :: 9. to the country , Mr , Jason M'Quirk ? " says Sir Condy , very easy , yet high like “ None that's news to you , Sir Condy , I hear ( fays Jason ) I am sorry , to hear of my lady Rackrent's accident .
act of parliament , take and bear the surname and arms of Rack- rent . ... and fuller ; for rather than be left out of the parties at Castle Rackrent , many gentlemen , and those men of the first consequence and landed estates in the ...
... to go on the same way at Castle Rackrent ; but when I came to inquire , I learned that her father was so mad with her for running off after his locking her up , and forbidding her to think any more of Sir Condy , that he would not ...
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Author: Maria Edgeworth
Publisher: Oxford University Press
During the 1790s, with Ireland in political crisis, Maria Edgeworth made a surprisingly rebellious choice: in Castle Rackrent, her first novel, she adopted an Irish Catholic voice to narrate the decline of a family from her own Anglo-Irish class. Castle Rackrent's narrator, Thady Quirk, gives us four generations of Rackrent heirs - Sir Patrick, the dissipated spendthrift; Sir Murtagh, the litigating fiend; Sir Kit, the brutal husband and gambling absentee; and Sir Condy, the lovable and improvident dupe of Thady's own son, Jason. With this satire on Anglo-Irish landlords Edgeworth pioneered the regional novel and inspired Sir Walter Scott's Waverly (1814). She also changed the focus of conflict in Ireland from religion to class and boldly predicted the rise of the Irish Catholic Bourgeoisie. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.