The Absentee

The Absentee

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In August 1811, we are told, she wrote a little play about landlords and tenants for the children of her sister, Mrs. Beddoes. Mr. Edgeworth tried to get the play produced on the London boards. Writing to her aunt, Mrs. Ruxton, Maria says, ‘Sheridan has answered as I foresaw he must, that in the present state of this country the Lord Chamberlain would not license THE ABSENTEE; besides there would be a difficulty in finding actors for so many Irish characters.’ The little drama was then turned into a story, by Mr. Edgeworth’s advice. Patronage was laid aside for the moment, and THE ABSENTEE appeared in its place in the second part of TALES OF FASHIONABLE LIFE. We all know Lord Macaulay’s verdict upon this favourite story of his, the last scene of which he specially admired and compared to the ODYSSEY.<a name="BN1" /><a href="#FN1"><sup>1</sup></a> Mrs. Edgeworth tells us that much of it was written while Maria was suffering a misery of toothache.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Pdm Classics
  • United States
  • English
  • 0740833391
  • 9780740833397