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Mary Wollstonecraft : A Literary Life - C. Franklin

Mary Wollstonecraft

A Literary Life

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Published: 12th July 2004
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Mary Wollstonecraft was an extraordinary individual, yet her literary life exemplifies how many women of her time used print culture to bring about change. This study argues that Protestant society had traditionally sanctioned women's role in spreading literacy, but this became politicized in the 1790s. Wollstonecraft's literary vocation was shaped by the high expectations in both the radical circles of Unitarian publisher Joseph Johnson, and the Girondins in revolutionary Paris, of the power of print to educate and reform individuals and society.

'Franklin admirably traces such a feeling logic throughout her subject's published work, notebooks and letters, building an engaging picture of a woman possessed of reason but whose internal fire belittled the feeble sensibilities of those she sought to undermine.' - Emma Mason, Times Literary Supplement



'Mary Wollstonecraft: A Literary Life is both informative and stimulating. It has considerable merit as a succinct but detailed and readable account of the whole of Wollstonecraft's career. It would be an excellent introduction to Wollstonecraft for an undergraduate or graduate audience. Quite apart from anything else, the book provides a model for students of how to harness biography and let it drive a critical investigation - a perennial problem in English studies, where students are often counselled against getting drawn into the life of a writer for fear of neglecting the work, when what they need to be shown is how to develop biography as a critical method.' - Julian North, The Byron Journal



'Franklin is admirable not just in the attention she pays to Wollstonecraft's journalism but in placing it so firmly within the development in the last two decades of the eighteenth century of a new kind of periodical literature...This is, I am confident, the best introduction to Wollstonecraft's work currently available' - BARS Bulletin and Review



'The book is accessible, well-organised, well written and admirably concise...Highly recommended' - J.T Lynch, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark

Preface and Suggestions for Further Reading
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Chronology
'A genius will educate itself': Mary Wollstonecraft as Autodidact
'When the voices of children are heard on the green': Mary Wollstonecraft the Author-Educator
'The first of a new genus': Proud to be a Female Journalist
'An Amazon stept out': Wollstonecraft and the Revolution Debate
'The true perfection of man': Print, Public Opinion and the Idea of Progress
The Commercial Traveller, the Imagination and the Material World
'We did not marry': The Comedy and Tragedy of Marriage in Life and Fiction
Postscript
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780333972519
ISBN-10: 0333972511
Series: Literary Lives
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 12th July 2004
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1