Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley: writing lives

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Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Jun 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 330 pages
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Pioneers in life writing, Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), and Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein (1818 ), are now widely regarded as two of the leading writers of the Romantic period. They are both responsible for opening up new possibilities for women in genres traditionally dominated by men. This volume brings together essays on Wollstonecraft's and Shelley's life writing by some of the most prominent scholars in Canada, Australia, and the United States. It also includes a full-length play by award-winning Canadian playwright Rose Scollard. Together, the essays and the play explore the connections between mother and daughter, between writing and life, and between criticism and creation. They offer a new understanding of two important writers, of a literary period, and of emergent modes of life writing.

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Helen M. Buss (aka Margaret Clarke) is a professor in the English Department at the University of Calgary. She has written fiction and memoir as well as books on Life Writing. She is winner of a best first novel award in Manitoba for her book "The Cutting Season" and the Gabrielle Roy Prize for "Mapping Our Selves". Three of her most recent books published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press are "Memoirs from Away: A New Found Land Girlhood", "Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley: Writing Lives", edited with D. L. Macdonald and Anne McWhir, and "Working in Women's Archives" edited with Marlene Kadar.

D.L. MACDONALD is an associate professor in the Department of English, University of Calgary. He is the author of "Poor Polidori: A Critical Biography of the Author of The Vampyre" (1991).

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