Mary Wollstonecraft: A Revolutionary Life

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Columbia University Press, 2002 - 516 pagine
Mary Wollstonecraft was the first major feminist in England, author of the pioneering Vindication of the Rights of Woman in 1792. This biography argues that her life and letters are her most lasting legacy; it expands her own view of herself as one of 'those who are bold enough to advance before the age they live in' and to throw off 'prejudices', by 'the force of their own mind'.
Wollstonecraft insists on our attention to her life, extraordinarily scandalous in conventional terms - a close involvement with a woman, two male lovers, an illegitimate child and a habit of initiating amorous relationships; yet, in her own terms always principled and highly moral, always 'chaste'. She wanted to reconcile integrity and sexual desire, the needs and duties of a woman, motherhood and intellectual life, fame and domesticity. Her dilemmas, still current ones, are caught in the remarkably frank and personal letters which she wrote all her life, as child, daughter, companion, friend, teacher, governess, sister, literary hack, woman of letters, lover and wife.

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A biography of the famed author and feminist, written by British academic and editor Todd (A Wollstonecraft Anthology, not reviewed).Pushy, excitable, proud, highly imaginative, and terrifically self ... Leggi recensione completa

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In this first full-length biography of Wollstonecraft in more than 20 years, Todd (The Secret Life of Aphra Behn) has drawn on past studies but focuses on her life as revealed in her letters and on ... Leggi recensione completa

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Ken Richardson is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Human Development and Learning at the Open University, U.K. He is the author of Understanding Psychology, Understanding Intelligence, Models of Cognitive Development, and Origins of Human Potential.

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