Irish Women's Writing, 1839-1888. Edited By Mary Luddy,University Of Warrick. London: Routledge/Thoemmes Press, 1998. Six Volumes. Publisher's green buckram, titles lettered in gilt to spines. A fine set.
An anthology reflecting the intellectual contribution to 19th century culture in both an Irish and British context by six Irish women writers: Catherine Alexander, Sydney Owenson, Mary Leadbetter, Sr. Mary Austin Carroll, Annie Keary and Margaret Anne Cusack.
Some of the works reflect typically Irish concerns, such as religion and the colonial relationship, while others address universal concerns. Together, they give insight into Irish social, political and religious life. Each of the volumes has a new introduction placing the original work in the appropriate social and historical context.