Meeting the Edgeworths

Meeting the Edgeworths
Maria Edgeworth Centre, Edgeworthstoown

Over the past year a project has been run to look at the collection of Edgeworth materials kept in the Bodleian Library in Oxford.  There is an exhibition based on these materials currently on display at the Library. John  Beddoes (De Montfort University), a friend of the Edgeworth Society and descended from Anna Beddoes (a daughter of Richard Lovell Edgeworths) was asked to review this exhibition.

Here is a snippet from that review, follow the link below to read the complete article.

The Bodleian Libraries hold a rich and varied collection of papers related to the Edgeworth family from the 17th to the 19th century. Only a tiny percentage of the material contained therein is available in print and even less has been subject to scholarly editing.

The Edgeworth collection is little known but of great significance, providing important manuscript evidence about the literary career of one of the most important novelists of the early nineteenth century, Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849); the educational, agricultural and political theory and practice of Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744-1817); the ways in which the extended family with connections in Ireland, England, France and India, communicated and collaborated in the production of art, literature, and scientific knowledge; and the history of Anglo-Irish relations in a period of political contestation and transformation.