Title: Works of Maria Edgeworth : (Pickering ...
Publication Date: 2003
Book Condition: New
Brand New Complete Set (12 volumes). Bookseller Inventory # 78949
Synopsis: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1825 edition. Excerpt: ...and some parts of its rim had been so much bent, and bruised, and battered, that they could scarcely be made fit for service, with Harry?s utmost care and skill. When the work was all cut out, Harry set Lucy to write numbers on the pieces of the stars, hearts, crescents, and nondescripts, that each might fit rightly into its place. This he had learned, he said, from reading the description of the building of the Eddystone light house. It was a precaution he found of great use in the pre-. sent work, the first of the kind he had ever attempted. He had no glue. The cook, or she who acted as cook in Rupert?s cottage, had no time to make paste. Harry, however, searched in the orchard on the cherry trees for gum, and found some, which he melted in hot water. It was too thin, so thin, that it would not stick his divisions together. By his mother?s advice, he melted it in vinegar, with which he made an excellent cement. Though his fingers were unused to this fiddle-faddle work, as he thought it, he persevered for Lucy?s sake, and for the sake of his promise. It was difiicult to make the tray fit rightly, and draw up and let down easily; but he polished away all friction at the four corners, and he fastened tapes to the middle of each of the four sides so judgmatically, that it could be drawn up Without hitching, and without danger that when filled to the brim, with the smallest of sugar-plum-sized shells, it should overturn or be overturned. ? While Harry had been working at the shell tray in his own little room, Lucy?s head was in all the cares and joys of arranging his goods and her own, after the general unpacking. It not only required nice arrangement to make things comfortable in the small space allotted...
Product Description: This twelve-volume edition of the major works of Maria Edgeworth makes available one of the most important but most neglected of women writers in English. Born in England in 1768 of an English mother and an Anglo-Irish father, Edgeworth lived from the age of fourteen on her father's estate in the Irish Midlands. She was introduced by her father, Richard Lovell Edgeworth, inventor, educationalist and Enlightenment polymath, to a remarkable range of books and current ideas. Her sparkling comedies of high-life English manners influenced Jane Austen and Sir Walter Scott. Her four remarkable Irish tales, beginning with Castle Rackrent (1800), initiate the national or regional novel, which feeds the nineteenth-century historical novel and the modern post-colonial novel. The fiction she wrote herself for and about children, which stayed in print for more than a century, remains among the very best of its kind. The educational treatises, handbooks and teaching materials she wrote in collaboration with R L Edgeworth are part of her period's breakthrough in understanding of the world of childhood. This first collected edition since the nineteenth century makes available to scholars, students and general readers all the major fiction for adults, much of the best of juvenile fiction, and a generous selection of the educational and occasional writings of Maria Edgeworth. This edition restores to prominence Jane Austen's leading contemporary rival - a comic, original and often brilliant analyst of her world whose work John Ruskin declared, constituted 'the most re-readable books in existence'.
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