Castle Rackrent

Castle Rackrent

Book - 2008
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During the 1790s, with Ireland in political crisis, Maria Edgeworth made a surprisingly rebellious choice: in Castle Rackrent, her first novel, she adopted an Irish Catholic voice to narrate the decline of a family from her own Anglo-Irish class. Castle Rackrent's narrator, Thady Quirk, givesus four generations of Rackrent heirs - Sir Patrick, the dissipated spendthrift; Sir Murtagh, the litigating fiend; Sir Kit, the brutal husband and gambling absentee; and Sir Condy, the lovable and improvident dupe of Thady's own son, Jason.With this satire on Anglo-Irish landlords Edgeworth pioneered the regional novel and inspired Sir Walter Scott's Waverly (1814). She also changed the focus of conflict in Ireland from religion to class and boldly predicted the rise of the Irish Catholic Bourgeoisie.
Publisher: Oxford ;, New York :, Oxford University Press,, [2008]
ISBN: 9780199537556
0199537550
Branch Call Number: FIC EDGE
Characteristics: xliii, 127 pages ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Watson, George 1927-2013.

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