Maria Edgeworth

Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) was one of the most successful authors of Regency England. She was read and admired by Jane Austen, Walter Scott, Byron, Turgenev and Ruskin - who declared her books 'the most re-readable in existence'. John Mullan is a Professor of English at UCL and contributes regularly to Newsnight Review, LRB and New Statesman.