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Maria, or the Wrongs of Woman

ISBN-10: 0486445038

ISBN-13: 9780486445038

Edition: 2005

Authors: Mary Wollstonecraft, William S. Godwin

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A pioneer champion of women's rights illustrates the grim reality of 18th-century England's draconian marriage laws in the tale of a wife locked up in an asylum by her abusive spouse. Combining the spirited rhetoric of a philosophy with a narrative as gripping as any gothic fiction, this is the book that laid the groundwork for modern feminism.
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Book details

List price: $7.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/29/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.374
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.