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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Friends, Associates Elizabeth Inchbald
She was warm in her admiration for Godwin's Caleb Williams.
Manvell, Roger. Elizabeth Inchbald: England’s Principal Woman Dramatist and Independent Woman of Letters in 18th Century London. University Press of America, 1987.
Their friendship later became strained by her dislike or disapproval of Mary Wollstonecraft , who was first Godwin's lover and then, briefly from...
Health Adrienne Rich
After her third delivery she decided to be sterilised, though she met with social disapproval even from nurses caring for her in hospital: Had yourself spayed, did you?
O’Mahoney, John. “Poet and Pioneer: Adrienne Rich”. The Guardian, pp. Review 20 - 3.
She later recalled her isolation during...
Intertextuality and Influence Hannah More
More lays her heaviest emphasis on the need for observing propriety.
Jones, Mary Gwladys. Hannah More. Cambridge University Press, 1952.
She expresses her belief in original sin, and devotes a chapter to human corruption; but this deals also with salvation.
Jones, Mary Gwladys. Hannah More. Cambridge University Press, 1952.
While she...
Intertextuality and Influence Rosa Nouchette Carey
One of the many novels which RNC chose to dignify by quotations to head her chapters, this seems to make a particular attempt to impress. Those quoted imply considerable learning, even if (as seems likely)...
Intertextuality and Influence Mrs Ross
MR 's title is a complex literary allusion. The tragic heroine of Nicholas Rowe 's The Fair Penitent, 1703, tells her unwanted fiancé that their hearts were never paired above . . . joined...
Intertextuality and Influence Hannah More
HM 's wife-seeking Coelebs is said to be modelled on John Scandrett Harford , and her ideal heroine, Lucilla Stanley, on Louisa Davis, whom Harford eventually married.
Demers, Patricia. The World of Hannah More. University Press of Kentucky, 1996.
In some sense the work is feminist...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Ann Radcliffe
The timing suggests influence from Wollstonecraft 's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
Intertextuality and Influence Susanna Haswell Rowson
The title-page quotes Samuel Johnson asserting that an author has nothing but his own merits to stand or fall on. The Birth of Genius, an irregular ode, offers advice to my son to love...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Strutt
The book had coloured illustrations. ES adopts here a relaxed, informal tone. She pays more attention than formerly to scenery (though she insists that only truly personal responses are interesting), but also to the humdrum...
Intertextuality and Influence Anna Letitia Barbauld
Some of Barbauld's acutest social comment was linked with her pedagogy. Fashion, a Vision, probably written about 1792 for her first private paying pupil, and picking up some ideas from Wollstonecraft 's Vindication,...
Intertextuality and Influence Sarah Wentworth Morton
The title-page quotes romantic, melancholy lines from Byron 's Childe Harold.
Bottorff, William K., and Sarah Wentworth Morton. “Introduction”. My Mind and its Thoughts, Scholars’ Facsimiles and Reprints, 1975, pp. 5 - 16.
An Apology closing the volume speaks of SWM 's disappointments and distresses (which are often mentioned, though unspecified, in her work) especially...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Ann Radcliffe
MAR focuses on the impossibility for middle-class women of earning an honest living, and the gradual male takeover of traditionally female jobs. She laments the fact that men no longer offer women adequate protection, and...
Intertextuality and Influence Anna Letitia Barbauld
This work was controversial. William Enfield in the Monthly Review praised it and endorsed its opinions.
McCarthy, William. Anna Letitia Barbauld, Voice of the Enlightenment. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
Mary Wollstonecraft quoted from Barbauld's Thoughts on the Devotional Taste in her own preface to The Female Reader...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Hays
The publisher was Knott . The title-page quotes Socrates and Burns . The work is dedicated to the Rev. John Disney . MH 's sister, Eliza or Elizabeth, contributed two Moral Essays.
Hays, Mary. Letters and Essays, Moral and Miscellaneous. T. Knott, 1793.
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Intertextuality and Influence Jane Hume Clapperton
In her youth she had been part of a circle that included Charles Bray and George Eliot .
Crawford, Elizabeth. The Women’s Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide, 1866-1928. Routledge, 2001.
Though she never met the latter, she credited Eliot (along with Mary Wollstonecraft and Harriet Martineau


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