Resolving to make something of himself, Harry Ormond must choose between going back to reclaim native traditions or moving forward into the commercially minded future. Edgeworth's last Irish tale ranges from Ireland to Paris, tracing Harry's progress from ungovernable youth to enlightened landlord.
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Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) was the eldest daughter of an Anglo-Irish landholding family. Educated in England, she returned to assist in managing her father's estate and wrote about Ireland in several successful novels, or tales as she called them, as well as a defense of women's education.
Claire Connolly was educated at the National University of Ireland, Cork, and is a lecturer at Cardiff University.
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