Vindication of the Rights of Woman and the Wrongs of Woman, or Maria

ISBN-10: 0321182731

ISBN-13: 9780321182739

Edition: 2007

Authors: Mary Wollstonecraft, Noelle Chao, Anne K. Mellor

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From Longman's Cultural Editions series, "Wollstonecraft," edited by Anne K. Mellor and Noelle Chao, for the first time pairs Wollstonecraft's feminist tract, the first in English letters, "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman," with her unfinished novel," The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria." By putting tract and novel together, this text presents a far richer and more complex discussion of Wollstonecraft's political and literary opinions. A wealth of cultural contexts bearing on the "wrongs" of woman (their social and political oppression) in the 18th century and on the development of the Gothic and realist novel further clarify these two texts. Handsomely produced and affordably priced, the Longman Cultural Editions series presents classic works in provocative and illuminating contexts-cultural, critical, and literary. Each Cultural Edition consists of the complete text of an important literary work, reliably edited, headed by an inviting introduction, and supplemented by helpful annotations; a table of dates to track its composition, publication, and public reception in relation to biographical, cultural and historical events; and a guide for further inquiry and study.
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List price: $23.20
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/18/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

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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About Longman Cultural Editions
About This Edition
Table of Dates
Introduction to The Rights of Woman
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)
Introduction to The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria
The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria (1798)
The Rights of Women
The Condition of Women
from A Report from the Committee appointed to Enquire into the State of the Private Madhouses in this Kingdom (1763)
from The Mansfield Judgment (1772)
"Women of the Town," from A Picture of England (1789)
from Letters on Education (1790)
Responses to Wollstonecraft
"The Rights of Woman" (1825; comp. 1793)
from Letters and Essays, Moral, and Miscellaneous (1793)
from Appeal to the Men of Great Britain in Behalf of Women (1798)
from The Unsex'd Females (1798)
from Reflections on the Present Condition of the Female Sex; with Suggestions for its Improvement (1798)
from The Female Advocate (1799)
from Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education (1799)
from Appeal of One Half the Human Race, Women, Against the Pretensions of the Other Half, Men, to Retain Them in Political, and Thence in Civil and Domestic Slavery (1825)
Literary Sources for The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria
from Julie, ou la Nouvelle Heloise (1761; trans. William Kenrick, 1764)
from Sensibility: A Poetical Epistle to the Hon. Mrs. Boscawen (1782)
from A Sicilian Romance (1790)
from Caleb Williams (1794)
from Camilla (1796)
Contemporary Reviews
Reviews of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
from The Analytical Review (1792)
from the Monthly Review (1792)
from the Critical Review (1792)
Reviews of The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria
from the Anti-Jacobin Review and Magazine (1798)
from the Monthly Review (1798)
Further Reading
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