Mary, a Fiction and the Wrongs of Woman, or Maria

ISBN-10: 1554810221
ISBN-13: 9781554810222
Edition: 2012
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Description: Mary Wollstonecraft wrote these two novellas at the beginning and end of her years of writing and political activism. Though written at different times, they explore some of the same issues: crippling ideals of femininity celebrated in the cult of  More...

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 4/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 298
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858

Mary Wollstonecraft wrote these two novellas at the beginning and end of her years of writing and political activism. Though written at different times, they explore some of the same issues: crippling ideals of femininity celebrated in the cult of sensibility, unequal education, and domestic subjugation. Mary counters the contemporary trend of weak, emotional heroines with the story of an intelligent and creative young woman who educates herself through her close friendships with men and women. Darker and more overtly feminist, The Wrongs of Woman is set in an insane asylum, where an aristocratic young woman has been wrongly imprisoned by her husband.By presenting the novellas alongside such texts as Wollstonecraft’s letters, her polemical and educational prose, similar works by other authors like feminists and political reformists, the literature of sentiment, and contemporary medical texts, this edition encourages an appreciation of the complexity and sophistication of Wollstonecraft’s writing goals as a radical feminist in the 1790s.

Mary Wollstonecraft was born in 1759 in Spitalfields, London. After an unsettled childhood, she opened a school following which her first work, Thoughts on the Education of Daughters, was published in 1787. After a stint as a governess in Ireland, she continued to write and published several other works including Mary (1788), A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790) and her most famous, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792). That year she travelled to Paris where she met Gilbert Imlay, by whom she had a daughter, Fanny. Her travels around Scandinavia with her baby daughter in 1795, inspired her travel book Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. On returning to London Imlay's neglect drove her to two suicide attempts. In 1797 she married William Godwin, and had a daughter, the future Mary Shelley. Wollstonecraft died of septicaemia shortly after the birth.

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