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Maria Edgeworth wrote, during the late eighteenth century and especially the early nineteenth century, long and short fiction for adults and children, as well as works about the theory and practice of pedagogy. Her reputation as an Irish writer, and as the inventor of the regional novel, has never waned; it was long before she became outmoded as a children's writer; her interest as a feminist writer is finally being explored.
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1 January 1768 ME was born at Black Bourton in Oxfordshire, home of her mother's family. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1779 ME's father began 'an Arabian fable' and asked the eleven-year-old Maria to finish it for him. Bibliographic Citation link.
By October 1787 ME wrote another early short story, "The Bracelets". Bibliographic Citation link.
January 1800 ME, as 'M. E.', published her first novel, Castle Rackrent, pioneer in the genre of the national tale. Bibliographic Citation link.
1848 ME published at Edinburgh her last work, Orlandino, a children's story written for the benefit of the Irish Poor Relief Fund during the famine years. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 May 1849 ME died at Edgeworthstown House, aged eighty-one, a few hours after complaining of a pain around her heart. Bibliographic Citation link.
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