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Oxford University Press
11 March 2020
'It is singular, that my having spent a winter with one of the most dissipated women in England should have sobered my mind so completely.'Maria Edgeworth's 1801 novel, Belinda, is an absorbing, sometimes provocative, tale of social and domestic life among the English aristocracy and gentry. The heroine of the title, only too conscious of being 'advertised' on the marriage market, grows in moral maturity as she seeks to balance self-fulfilment with achieving material success. Among those whom she encounters are the socialite Lady Delacour, whose brilliance and wit hide a tragic secret, the radical feminist Harriot Freke, the handsome and wealthy Creole gentleman Mr Vincent, and the mercurial Clarence Hervey, whose misguided idealism has led him into a series of near-catastrophic mistakes. In telling their story Maria Edgeworth gives a vivid picture of life in late eighteenth-century London, skilfully showing both the attractions of leisured society and its darker side, and blending drawing-room comedy with challenging themes involving serious illness, obsession, slavery and interracial marriage.
By:   Maria Edgeworth
Edited by:   Linda Bree
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 193mm,  Width: 126mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   390g
ISBN:   9780199682133
ISBN 10:   0199682135
Series:   Oxford World's Classics
Pages:   560
Publication Date:   11 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Linda Bree is Editorial Director, Arts and Literature at Cambridge University Press. She has previously edited for the Oxford World's Classics, Defoe's Moll Flanders (2011) and Fielding's Jonathan Wild (2008).

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