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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Theme or Topic Treated in Text Helena Wells
HW 's narrator represents a youthful reader exclaiming in disgust, And this is called a novel? . . . Why there is not an old castle to be pried into, nor a rusty key found...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Mary Matilda Betham
Catharine Macaulay , she insists, was pleasing and delicate in her person, and a woman of great feeling and indisputable abilities, though the democratic spirit of her writings has made them fall into disrepute.
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Theme or Topic Treated in Text Sophia Lee
The preface to this book, newly written for its publication, is SL 's major critical statement about the woman's literary tradition and her own place in it. She mentions the hostile reception of her own...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Ray Strachey
The book starts with an account of Mary Wollstonecraft 's work, and proceeds decade by decade, citing Florence Nightingale , Josephine Butler , John Stuart Mill , Sophia Jex-Blake , and many others. Its heroine...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Hester Mulso Chapone
HMC was still reading and commenting on others' works into her old age. She read and remarked on Hester Piozzi , Charlotte Smith , Edward Gibbon , Erasmus Darwin 's The Loves of the Plants...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Anna Seward
AS 's correspondence often deals with literary matters as well as with social matters and personalities. She writes with astonishing freedom to Hester Piozzi about the latter's travel book Observations and Reflections: not only...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Anne Katharine Elwood
Some of the British women writers discussed in the text remain well-known, but others have slipped into obscurity. Memoirs includes: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu , Griselda Murray , Frances Seymour, Lady Hertford , Hester Lynch Piozzi
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Marjorie Bowen
The book markedly refrains from celebrating Mary Wollstonecraft as a champion of women's rights or from glorifying her exploits in any way. MB states firmly that Wollstonecraft's most famous book, A Vindication of the Rights...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Alice Meynell
Many of the essays reprinted here focus on women writers who were, to put it mildly, little known to the public in the 1940s. These included: Anna Seward and Joanna Baillie , as well as...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Sarah Josepha Hale
SJH does in the main a fine job in her coverage of British women writers, having something to say even about the extremely obscure. Dorothea Primrose Campbell , for instance (who was living in poverty...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Amelia Opie
Aiming at a reasoned critique, through Adeline and Glenmurray, of Wollstonecraft 's principles, and specifically her relationship with Godwin , AO seems to give higher priority to the intensification of her heroine's virtue, self-sacrifice, and...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Elizabeth Hamilton
Again EH takes the radicals as her target. The phrase modern philosophers was in common use: the Gentleman's Magazine had turned it on Mary Wollstonecraft in reviewing her first major political work. Yet Hamilton makes...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Catherine Hutton
Jane Oakwood's brother has only one woman author (Elizabeth Inchbald ) in his library; Jane on the other hand is a mine of information and opinion about several generations of a female literary tradition...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Clara Balfour
In her general overview of the history of English literature during these centuries, she focuses especially on English poets because as she says, great poets not only give form, power and beauty to a nation's...
Violence Dorothea Du Bois
In DDB 's fictionalised account of her father, he is irrationally and childishly jealous, given to uttering threats of serious violence. Like Mary Wollstonecraft , Dorothea knew what it was as a child to try...


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