Maria Edgeworth Biography
Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849) was an Anglo-Irish novelist, educational writer and children's author. Born in Ireland, she was the daughter of Richard Lovell Edgeworth, an inventor and landowner. She spent most of her childhood at Edgeworthstown, County Longford, Ireland. She was one of the first female novelists to write about the lives of the Irish middle class. She began writing at an early age and published her first book, "Letters for Literary Ladies", in 1795. Her most famous and successful novels include "Castle Rackrent" (1800) and "Belinda" (1801). She was also an advocate of education, particularly for women and children, and wrote several books on the subject, such as "Practical Education" (1798) and "Early Lessons" (1801). She died in Edgeworthstown in 1849.
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