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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lukasevansherman
Oct 24, 2015

"'Castle Rackrent' has gathered a dazzling array of firsts--the first regional novel, the first socio-historical novel, the first Irish novel, the first Big House novel, the first saga novel."-from the introduction
Maria Edgeworth adds a political and economic dimension to the English novel in this slim story of the unfortunate Rackrent family. It's of historical importance, but it can be a little dry and the introduction and notes are helpful for context. You might also like Gaskell's "North and South." No less than Yeats called it "one of the most inspired chronicles written in English."

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