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9780199682133

Belinda

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  • ISBN13:

    9780199682133

  • ISBN10:

    0199682135

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-05-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

'It is singular, that my having spent a winter with one of the most dissipated women in England should have sobered my mind so completely.'

Maria Edgeworth's 1801 novel, Belinda, is an absorbing, sometimes provocative, tale of social and domestic life among the English aristocracy and gentry. The heroine of the title, only too conscious of being 'advertised' on the marriage market, grows in moral maturity as she seeks to balance
self-fulfilment with achieving material success. Among those whom she encounters are the socialite Lady Delacour, whose brilliance and wit hide a tragic secret, the radical feminist Harriot Freke, the handsome and wealthy Creole gentleman Mr Vincent, and the mercurial Clarence Hervey, whose
misguided idealism has led him into a series of near-catastrophic mistakes. In telling their story Maria Edgeworth gives a vivid picture of life in late eighteenth-century London, skilfully showing both the attractions of leisured society and its darker side, and blending drawing-room comedy with
challenging themes involving serious illness, obsession, slavery and interracial marriage.

Author Biography


Maria Edgeworth

Linda Bree is Editorial Director, Arts and Literature at Cambridge University Press. She has previously edited for the Oxford World's Classics, Defoe's Moll Flanders (2011) and Fielding's Jonathan Wild (2008).

Table of Contents


Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Maria Edgeworth
Belinda
Appendix
Explanatory notes

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