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560 Pages

7.7 x 5.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199682133

Bookseller Code (11)


Second Edition

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 as well as later editions
  • The introduction and notes show 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
  • Belinda is significant as a reclaimed text by a neglected woman writer
  • Contains 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