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Maria Edgeworth: General Commentary

Marilyn Butler (Essay Date Spring 2001)

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  1. See Dunne, "A Gentleman's Estate" 96-101 and "Haunted by History" 68-91; Deane 30-40; Eagleton 161-77; and Whelan, Foreword ix-xxiv.
  2. See Leonora (1806), Edgeworth's epistolary novel of international espionage and seduction, which features the letters of Mme de P—, a former Countess and (in a plot located in Britain and Paris during the Peace of Amiens, 1802-03) an active politician. Most of P—'s literary allusions are to old-régime and seventeenth-century writings, e.g., by Rochefoucault, Voltaire, and Sévigné. Emilie de Coulanges, in Tales of Fashionable Life, is a dialogic novella about a triangle of three French and English upper-class women: the external cultural reference-points include the Renaissance paintings the English hostess Mrs. Somers collects.
  3. See also the wide intellectual range but imperfect comprehension betrayed by the Whig peer Lord Glistonbury in Vivian...

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