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Published: 27 February 2020

560 Pages


ISBN: 9780199682133

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Maria Edgeworth
Edited by Linda Bree

Oxford World's Classics

  • The copytext is the first edition of 1801, in which a black servant marries a white country girl, and the heroine withdraws on moral grounds from a marriage she has promised to contract, both among controversial aspects of the novel removed in subsequent editions. The text has been meticulously checked against the original, and against later editions
  • The introduction and notes show for the first time how Edgeworth introduced into the novel vivid factual details - not only real places, people and social venues, but specific exhibitions, events and even newspaper advertisements - of social life in 1790s London
  • Clear and concise explanatory notes give useful information about places, situations and customs with which the twenty-first century reader may not be familiar
  • Belinda is significant as a reclaimed text by a neglected woman writer
  • Contain an appendix which traces clearly, and with extensive quotation, the changes made to the text over a series of editions which appeared in the author's lifetimes, and points out their effects

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