The Works of Mary Wollstonecraft, Volume 6

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Mary Wollstonecraft, Janet Todd, Marilyn Butler
New York University Press, 1989 - Health & Fitness - 464 pages
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This is the first and only complete edition of all the published writings of Mary Wollstonecraft, the mother of the feminist movement. Wollstonecraft's writings include fiction, journalism, reviews, and diaries, and confirm her place in history as a signinficant force in the young rationalist movement in education and politics. The set features extensive footnotes, a comprehensive index, a general introduction, and specialist introductions to each selection, and is handsomely bound in pure wdoven cloth over millboard.

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Contents

An Historical and Moral View of the French Revolution 1
327
Letters Written in Sweden Norway and Denmark 237
335
Letters on the Character of the French Nation
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About the author (1989)

Mary Wollstonecraft was born in London on April 27, 1759. She opened a school in Newington Green with her sister Eliza and a friend Fanny Blood in 1784. Her experiences lead her to attack traditional teaching methods and suggested new topics of study in Thoughts on the Education of Girls. In 1792, she published A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, in which she attacked the educational restrictions that kept women ignorant and dependant on men as well as describing marriage as legal prostitution. In Maria or the Wrongs of Woman, published unfinished in 1798, she asserted that women had strong sexual desires and that it was degrading and immoral to pretend otherwise. In 1793, Wollstonecraft became involved with American writer Gilbert Imlay and had a daughter named Fanny. After this relationship ended, she married William Godwin in March 1797 and had a daughter named Mary in August. Wollstonecraft died from complications following childbirth on September 10, 1797. Her daughter Mary later married Percy Bysshe Shelley and wrote Frankenstein.

Janet Todd's most recent book is Mary Wollstonecraft . She is Professor of English at the University of East Anglia.