Partially because of her father's encouragement, and partially in spite of his overbearing and controlling nature, Mary Edgeworth became one of the more notable female writers of 18th century England. Born in Oxfordshire, England, she spent time in Ireland and later on the Continent. She wrote novels, essays, and several collections of children's stories. Her first publication was a proto-feminist essay about women's education, titled "Letters to Literary ladies" (1795). Among her more notable novels are Castle Rackrent(1800), Belinda(1801), and The Absentee(1812). Her nonfiction includes, among others, "Essay on Irish Bulls" (1802), and her father's life story, simply titled Memoirs.(1820). She was well known among English literary circles and was acquainted with Lord Byron, Humphrey Davy, and Sir Walter Scott. Edgeworth also worked to helped in the Irish Potato Famine relief effort.
Quotidiana site founder Patrick Madden has just published a book of his own personal essays, including pieces formerly published in the Best American Spiritual Writing and Best Creative Nonfiction anthologies.
If you enjoy the classical essays on this site, you'll enjoy these contemporary ruminations as well. Soon there'll be a web page here with further information, but for now, you can find out more (and perhaps purchase a copy) at Amazon.com.
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Quotidiana is an online anthology of "classical" essays, from antiquity to the early twentieth century. All essays and images are in the public domain. Commentaries are copyrighted, but may be used with proper attribution. Special thanks to the BYU College of Humanities and English Department for funding, and to Joey Franklin and Lara Burton, for tireless research assisting.