Letters for Literary Ladies

Letters for Literary Ladies : To Which is Added, an Essay on the Noble Science of Self-Justification

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One of the foremost authors of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) made the project of women's education the pillar of her career. Letters for Literary Ladies (1795), her first published work, takes up this question in earnest, offering a staunch defence of women's intellectual training and an impassioned warning against its neglect. The first two letters likely draw from an exchange between Richard Edgeworth, Maria's father, and his friend Thomas Day, presenting arguments for and against educating young women in the sciences and philosophy. The 'Letters of Julia and Caroline' illustrate this debate in epistolary form, dramatising both sides of the argument. The final 'Essay on the Noble Science of Self-Justification' serves as a wry critique of women's own self-deceptions. Complex and provocative, Letters for Literary Ladies demonstrates Edgeworth's early exploration of the subject that would define her career.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 12mm | 280g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 1108018874
  • 9781108018876

Table of contents

Letter from a gentleman to his friend, upon the birth of a daughter, with the answer; Letters of Julia and Caroline; Essay on the noble science of self-justification.
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