Paperback reprint. - Dublin : Four Courts Press, 2017.
Book — 200 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Originally published in 1781, this is an unconventional epistolary novel set in Ireland and France in 1779 and 1780, against the background of the patriot political agitation that marked the age of Grattan's parliament. The young women who write the bulk of the novel's letters link the state of Ireland and the condition of its women, powerfully endorsing liberty for both. Their witty and incisive commentary on political events, male and female relations, education and national differences, is accompanied by lighter observations on fashion, polite amusements and affairs of the heart.