Castle Rackrent And Ennui by Maria Edgeworth

Castle Rackrent And Ennui

byMaria EdgeworthIntroduction byMarilyn ButlerEditorMarylin Butler

Paperback | January 5, 1993

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"I could not but admire my lady's spirit, and was proud to see Castle Rackrent again in all its glory"

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

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Stylish, sceptical, cosmopolitan, heir to Swift’s fantasy and wit, Maria Edgeworth’s fiction explores the relations of England and Ireland at a time of historical crisis. Castle Rackrent is Irish family history vividly and unreliably narrated by the loyal servant Thady, steward on the decaying Rackrent estates. In this comic tour-de-fo...
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Title:Castle Rackrent And EnnuiFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.8 inPublished:January 5, 1993Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140433201

ISBN - 13:9780140433203

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These two stories by Maria Edgeworth are of the same lineage as Swift’s A Modest Proposal and Gulliver’s Travels in their artful scepticism, tongue in cheek and hazardously sharp edged satire. The earlier of the stories presented, Castle Rackrent presents the history of the Rackrent family and their ordeals in the turbulence of late 18th century Ireland, as relayed by the loyal retainer Thady. Its sequel, Ennui concerns the confessions of Lord Glenthorn, old school aristocrat impelled reluctantly to join the fight for Irish freedom culminating in the Revolution of 1798. In Castle Rackrent and Ennui, Edgeworth anticipates the great themes of the European novel and creates a bold and innovative style that would later influence writers such as Charlotte Bronte and George Elliot.