Mary Wollstonecraft

Standard Name: Wollstonecraft, Mary
Birth Name: Mary Wollstonecraft
Married Name: Mary Godwin
Pseudonym: Mr Cresswick, Teacher of Elocution
Pseudonym: M.
Pseudonym: W.
MW has a distinguished historical place as a feminist: as theorist, critic and reviewer, novelist, and especially as an activist for improving women's place in society. She also produced pedagogy or conduct writing, an anthology, translation, history, analysis of politics as well as gender politics, and a Romantic account of her travels in Scandinavia.
Stipple engraving of Mary Wollstonecraft by James Heath after the painting by John Opie. She is wearing a light, loosely-fitting gown with high waist and a folded cap like a turban.
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Family and Intimate relationships Fanny Holcroft
In May 1794 Thomas Holcroft was indicted for high treason and spent time in prison; but he was acquitted at his trial. During the nine years between the death of Fanny's mother and his next...
Family and Intimate relationships Ann Batten Cristall
His father was very much against Joshua becoming an artist, so his mother sent him money and clothes on the sly to keep him financially afloat.
Roget, John Lewis. A History of the Old Water-Colour Society. Longmans, Green, 1891.
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At first he was very poor. Mary Wollstonecraft
Family and Intimate relationships W. H. Auden
Nicholas Jenkins of Stanford University formerly maintained on his website at a section called W. H. Auden. Family Ghosts, designed to show how Auden's family, despite his claims to ordinariness, sprang from a...
Friends, Associates Ann Radcliffe
While staying with her uncle Thomas Bentley at Chelsea, Ann Ward (later AR ) met a number of influential men, most of them with Dissenting connections: Joseph Banks , George Fordyce , Ralph Griffiths ,...
Friends, Associates Anna Letitia Barbauld
Her close friends at this period included Mary and Joseph Priestley and a number of young women of her own age. She was particularly attracted by a pair of sisters who got themselves barred from...
Friends, Associates Mary Hays
MH first met Mary Wollstonecraft at the home of Joseph Johnson .
Hays, Mary. “Chronology and Introduction”. The Correspondence (1779-1843) of Mary Hays, British Novelist, edited by Marilyn Brooks, Edwin Mellen, 2004, pp. xv - xx; 1.
Friends, Associates Catharine Macaulay
Friends she acquired at about this time included her new husband's sister, Elizabeth Arnold (who fought the slanders after CM 's death by testifying to her irreproachable conduct in traditional female roles, and her Christian...
Friends, Associates Eliza Fenwick
EF fully shared in her husband's friendship with William Godwin . She exchanged visits with him, sometimes with one or other of her children, from the time she first entertained him in November 1788. He...
Friends, Associates Helen Maria Williams
That year HMW was introduced by Dr John Moore to Burns , with whom she then corresponded. She met Samuel Rogers (in November 1787), Hester Lynch Piozzi , and Sir Joshua Reynolds . The year...
Friends, Associates Helen Maria Williams
In Paris HMW frequented Mme Roland 's salon, and she and Stone became close friends of Roland and her husband . Those who visited HMW early in her time in Paris included Mary Wollstonecraft (who...
Friends, Associates Mary Shelley
One of MS 's close friends, Lady Mountcashel or Mrs Mason, had been a pupil of her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft , while Wollstonecraft was a governess. Lady Mountcashel began calling herself Mrs Mason (the...
Friends, Associates Amelia Opie
In London she met many artists, writers, and politically active reformists: as well as Godwin , she met Elizabeth Inchbald , Mary Wollstonecraft (who impressed her deeply, and trusted her enough to confide her plans...
Friends, Associates Samuel Johnson
Boswell's is Johnson's most famous friendship, but his women friends were immensely important to him. Carter and Lennox were joined by Hester Thrale (though Johnson always reckoned her husband, Henry Thrale , if anything the...
Friends, Associates Ann Batten Cristall
ABC and her brother Joshua met Wollstonecraft in about 1788, and Joshua coresponded with her. A few years later Wollstonecraft told Joshua she wished that Ann could obtain a little more strength of mind instead...
Friends, Associates Robert Southey
Having early in his life admired writers like Mary Wollstonecraft and Charlotte Smith , he later numbered women writers such as Anna Eliza Bray among his close friends.


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