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Vendor: HarperPerennial Classics
Publication Date: 2014
Lord Colambre can see that his pretentious mother’s social ambitions earn her nothing but contempt from London’s fashionable society. And it’s come to his attention that his father’s finances have suffered a good deal underwriting his wife’s extravagances.
Anxious about his family’s fortunes, Colambre departs Cambridge for Ireland to assess his father’s estates firsthand. There he finds his absent father’s tenants sorely put upon by the estate’s agent. Colambre races to stop his father from both destroying the lives of local peasants and throwing their family into ruins, but there’s one condition—one he’s sure will make his mother truly unhappy.
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Although born in England in 1768, Maria Edgeworth was raised in Ireland from a young age after the death of her mother. After nearly losing her sight at age fourteen, Edgeworth was tutored at home by her father, helping to run their estate and taking charge of her younger siblings. Over the course of her life she collaborated and published books with her father, and produced many more of her own adult and children’s works, including such classics as Castle Rackrent, Patronage, Belinda, Ormond and The Absentee. Edgeworth spent her entire life on the family estate, but kept up friendships and correspondences with her contemporaries Sir Walter Scott and Lord Byron, and her writing had a profound influence upon Jane Austen and William Makepeace Thackeray. Edgeworth was outspoken on the issues of poverty, women’s rights, and racial inequalities. During the beginnings of famine in Ireland, Edgeworth worked in relief and support of the sick and destitute. She died in 1849 at the age of 81.
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