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This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein. Romantic Outlaws tells the story of the woman behind the novel and her extraordinary mother Mary Wollstonecraft. ***AS READ ON BBC RADIO 4*** NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER
'A gripping account of the heartbreaks and triumphs of two of history's most formidable female intellectuals, Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley. Gordon has reunited mother and daughter through biography, beautifully weaving their narratives for the first time.' Amanda Foreman
English feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and author Mary Shelley were mother and daughter, yet these two extraordinary women never knew one another. Nevertheless, their passionate and pioneering lives remained closely intertwined, their choices, dreams and tragedies eerily similar.
Both women became famous writers and wrote books that changed literary history, had passionate relationships with several men, were single mothers out of wedlock; both lived in exile, fought for their position in society, and interrogated ideas of how we should live.
Romantic Outlaws takes the reader on a vivid journey across revolutionary France and Victorian England to explore in this ground-breaking dual biography of the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and the author who wrote Frankenstein - mother and daughter - a pair of visionary women, who should have shared a life, but who instead share a powerful literary and feminist legacy.
"[A] unique double biography... An excellent and poignant book whose heroines breathe in its pages. " -- David Aaronovitch * The Times * "A mother and daughter who changed not only the way we think, but the way we are... extraordinary women, a dozen decades ahead of their time... Romantic Outlaws enables readers to compare the different ways in which these two remarkable women confronted their tragically different destinies... [A] thoughtful, intelligent, deeply-felt book'" -- Miranda Seymour * Sunday Times * "A gripping account of the heartbreaks and triumphs of two of history's most formidable female intellectuals, Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley. Gordon has reunited mother and daughter through biography, beautifully weaving their narratives for the first time." -- Amanda Foreman * author of A World on Fire * "Full of enriching paradox... Charlotte Gordon has managed to produce that rare thing, a work of genuinely popular history... It works beautifully." -- Melissa Benn * New Statesman * "Wollstonecraft and Shelley were extraordinary women who led sensational lives. They were Romantic revolutionaries... retelling their story cannot fail to captivate and provoke." * Spectator * "Unique... Marvellous, passionate stuff." -- David Aaronovitch * Books of the Year, Times * "An exceptional achievement" -- Michael Morpugo * Daily Telegraph * "An innovative dual biography that foregrounds the writing of two women who disregarded the moral codes of their eras and shaped their own destinies. Gordon's parallel mapping of their lives reveals fascinating similarities in the ways writing sustained, and sometimes saved, them both." * Financial Times * "Mother and daughter shadow and reveal each other. The retelling emphasises the extent to which Shelley's life was shaped by her mother's legacy but here is underlined in thought-provoking ways... In Gordon's narrative, [Wollstonecraft and Shelley] appear at their best and bravest." -- Daisy Hay * Observer * "A most welcome deeper take on the women who scandalized Victorian England - and whose stories continue to resonate today." * Vogue *
ISBN: 9780099592396 ISBN-10: 0099592398 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 672 Published: 25th February 2016 Publisher: Cornerstone Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.63