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  • Author:
    Maria Edgeworth
  • ISBN:
    0393002888
  • ISBN13:
    978-0393002881
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  • Publisher:
    W. W. Norton & Company (January 17, 1965)
  • Pages:
    102 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Genre Fiction
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Shortly before its publication, an introduction, glossary and footnotes, written in the voice of an English narrator, were added to the original text to blunt the negative impact the Edgeworths feared the book might have on English enthusiasm for the Act of Union 1800.

Title: Castle Rackrent. Author: Maria Edgeworth . As a rule people’s books appeal first to one’s imagination, and then after a time, if the books are good books and alive, not stuffed dummies and reproductions, one begins to divine the writers themselves, hidden away in their pages, and wrapped up in their hot-press sheets of paper; and so it happened by chance that a printed letter once. written by Maria Edgeworth to Mrs. Barbauld set the present reader wondering about these two familiar names, and trying to realise the human beings which they each represented.

Castle Rackrent - Maria Edgeworth. Printed in the United States of America.

Castle Rackrent and The Absentee Maria Edgeworth,Anne Thackeray Ritchie Snippet view - 1895 time out of mind, voluntarily undertaken to publish the Memoirs of the Rackrent Family, I think it my duty to say a few words, in the first place, concerning myself.

Castle Rackrent and The Absentee Maria Edgeworth,Anne Thackeray Ritchie Snippet view - 1895. Common terms and phrases time out of mind, voluntarily undertaken to publish the Memoirs of the Rackrent Family, I think it my duty to say a few words, in the first place, concerning myself. Appears in 61 books from 1801-2008.

Book digitized by Google from the library of Oxford University and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb. Addeddate.

With her satire on Anglo-Irish landlords in Castle Rackrent (1800), Maria Edgeworth pioneered the regional novel and inspired Sir Walter Scotts Waverley (1814). Politically risky, stylistically innovative, and wonderfully entertaining, the novel changes the focus of the conflict in Ireland from religion to class, and boldly predicts the rise of the Irish Catholic bourgeoisie.

Castle Rackrent By Maria Edgeworth Thady Quirk is the ever-present steward to four generations of a dying dynasty in Castle Racrent, hilariously flattering and encouraging his hapless masters on their road to ruin. Ingeniously drawing on an actual chronicle of Maria Edgeworth's family experiences, the narrative subtly emerges as a devastating commentary on the Anglo Irish occupation of rural Ireland. This volume also includes Ennui, a natural sequel to Castle Rackrent with its family nurse of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, the lazy and gullible English earl, Lord Glenthorn, learns a shocking secret that will drive him and his nurse apart.

HyderCraft
This very short work give an account of three generations of Anglo-Irish landowners, each more short sighted and self destructive than the one that preceded him. The first two make efforts to preserve and increase the family fortune through such means as constantly dunning tenants for rents and feudal duties (hence the name of the estate, to “rack” or wring out the rent) or by constant litigation or the threat thereof. All this work goes to naught when the third heir, Sir Condy, completely wastes the estate through his own genial incompetence. While the most agreeable and pleasant of the three, Sir Condy is also the weakest and most dissipated. He comes to a horrible, drunken end, fully conscious of his ruin and the fact that he brought it about himself. All of this is narrated by his faithful retainer, Thady Quirk, who tearfully recounts the dismal downfall of his feudal lords in the most pathetic terms while all the while leaving you to wonder if he means devil a word of what he says and is really just about pulling your leg.

The tale seems to be composed of the essence of tragedy, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. This is because it possesses the essential Irish quality, a sprightliness and energy that carries both narratives along at a relentless pace along with a lively eye for the absurd in any situation. Edgeworth had a keen ear for Irish patterns of speech. Although an Englishwoman, Edgeworth was raised in Ireland and had a tremendous feel for the Irish viewpoint of her time. The humor of her tale is especially poignant in light of the fact that it was written soon after the terrible Rebellion of 1798, one of the most internecine of Irish conflicts. I recommend this book to anyone interested in Irish history, the early English novel, and anyone with a good sense of humor.
Ionzar
I had to read this novel for a literature class. I must say, Thady's narrative was irritating and unreliable at best. But, Edgeworth's clear and powerful satirical view of her culture bring the story of Rackrent and its masters to life. The Rackrent estate itself is an emblem of oppression and Edgeworth makes this assertion throughout the narrative.
Overall, a good read and a really excellent addition to the canon of 18th century literature.
Mitynarit
I bought this to get a taste of literature from this era. It has some interesting stories, but frankly, I think you had to be there.
Kuve
Readers of Austen and Scott should not miss this one. It's quite short and kinda odd, but funny and fascinating from a historical perspective. (Poor old Thady!) The glossary in itself is a hoot. And the traditional introduction is not to be missed, but can be saved until the end when you'll be curious about this Maria Edgeworth.
Moonshaper
A REMARKABLE MODERN TALE, FULL OF WIT, SATIRE, AND HISTORY. I FINALLY UNDERSTOOD THE HISTORY OF IRELAND.
MARIA IS EQUAL IF NOT SUPERIOR TO JANE AUSTEN.
lets go baby
Gift requested by my son. Way above my pay grade:) Very appreciative.
Wizer
Castle Rackrent was different than anything I have read before. It was extremely interesting and allowed the reader to enter into a different mindset than he/she has ever done before. I hghly reckommend to someone that wants something different.
Being a confirmed fan of Maria Edgeworth, I found this to be a surprising change in both content and presentation. Cannot say I really liked it, as it seemed to be more a description of Ireland and its customs and quirks at the time - but interesting in a certain way, nonetheless.