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Belinda

Second Edition

Maria Edgeworth
Edited by Linda Bree

February 2020

ISBN: 9780199682133

560 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £10.99

Belinda (1801) tackles issues of gender and race in a manner at once comic and thought-provoking. Braving the perils of the marriage market, Belinda learns to think for herself as the examples of her friends prove singularly unreliable.

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Belinda (1801) tackles issues of gender and race in a manner at once comic and thought-provoking. Braving the perils of the marriage market, Belinda learns to think for herself as the examples of her friends prove singularly unreliable.

  • 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

About the Author(s)

Maria Edgeworth

Edited by Linda Bree

Linda Bree was until 2019 Head of Humanities at Camrbidge University Press, and is now a senior member of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. She has previously edited, for the Oxford World's Classics, Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders (2011) and (with Claude Rawson) Henry Fielding's Jonathan Wild (2008).

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Note on the Text
    Select Bibliography
    A Chronology of Maria Edgeworth
    Belinda
    Appendix
    Explanatory notes

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