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Mary; Maria; Matilda (Penguin Classics)

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This book brings together three extraordinary novels by an extraordinary pair, Mary Wollstonecraft, radical feminist and author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and Mary Shelley, her daughter, author of Frankenstein.

In Mary (1788), Mary Wollstonecraft explores the position of an alienated intellectual woman and, in portraying her struggle against the constraints of a claustrophobic feminine world, began a line that would include the more substantial heroines of Jane Eyre and Villette. In the posthumously published Maria (1798) she continues in fiction the arguments of the Vindication. Mary Shelley wrote Matilda in 1819, while in mourning for her first son. William Godwin, Mary's father, found its subject of father-daughter incest so 'disgusting and detestable' that he refused to publish it and the work remained suppressed for over a century.

In her illuminating introduction to this edition Janet Todd explores how these novels are linked, not only through the mother-daughter relationship of their authors, but in their perceptions of feminism and female sexuality and in their autobiographical richness.

Synopsis:

Brings together three novels by Mary Wollstonecraft, radical feminist and author of "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" and Mary Shelley, her daughter and author of "Frankenstein". This book looks at how the novels are linked in their perceptions of feminism and female sexuality.

About the Author

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-97) was an educational, political and feminist writer who early in her life worked as a companion, teacher and governess. In 1788 she settled in London as a translator and reader for the publisher Joseph Johnson, becoming part of the radical set that included Paine, Blake, Godwin and the painter Fuseli. Her great work, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, was published in 1792. She lived in Paris during the French Revolution and had a child by the American Gilbert Imlay, who deserted her. She returned to London in 1795 and, following her attempted suicide, became involved with Godwin, whom she married in 1797, shortly before the birth (which proved fatal) of her daughter, the future Mary Shelley. She left several unfinished works, including Maria.

Janet Todd is Francis Hutcheson Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow and an honorary fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.

Janet Todd is Francis Hutcheson Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow and an honorary fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140433715
Editor:
Todd, Janet
Author:
Wollstonecraft, Mary
Author:
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
Author:
Mary Shelley
Author:
Todd, Janet
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London ;
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
English fiction
Subject:
English fiction -- Women authors.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
v. l:1
Publication Date:
19930531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.77x5.06x.62 in. .41 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Brings together three novels by Mary Wollstonecraft, radical feminist and author of "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" and Mary Shelley, her daughter and author of "Frankenstein". This book looks at how the novels are linked in their perceptions of feminism and female sexuality.
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