Maria Edgeworth

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Birthday
1, 1767
Birthplace
Oxford, England
Death Date
May 22, 1849 (82)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
1, 1767
Birthplace
Oxford, England
Death Date
May 22, 1849 (82)

About

Esteemed English-Irish author of both children's and adult novels. Her best-known works include The Parent's Assistant (1796) and Practical Education (1798).

Before Fame

She attended school in London until 1781, when she almost lost her sight due to an eye infection. Afterwards, she was tutored by her father, whom she repaid by helping him manage the family's estate in Edgeworthtown, Ireland.

Trivia

She was one of the foremost children's authors of her time and was an influential figure in the progression of European literature. Her views on education and politics were similar to those of David Ricardo and Sir Walter Scott.

Family Life

She was born in Oxfordshire, England to Anna Maria Elers and Richard Lovell Edgeworth. Her father was married four times and had twenty-two children, only several of whom were her full siblings.

Associated With

Jonathan Swift was another famous Irish author.