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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Literary responses Maria Edgeworth
The Analytical review (perhaps by Mary Wollstonecraft ) welcomed the book (referring to the author as male), deplored the hostility to new ideas in education even among those who should know better, and expressed the...
Literary responses Stéphanie-Félicité de Genlis
Mary Wollstonecraft , though she saw many virtues in this book, was not happy that Adelaide was educated to be obedient, not independent-minded: that with all her accomplishments she was ready to marry any body...
Literary responses Elizabeth Inchbald
The Analytical reviewer, probably Wollstonecraft , was unimpressed: insipid dialogues . . . the characters are uninteresting caricatures, and the incidents, childish tricks.
Wollstonecraft, Mary. The Works of Mary Wollstonecraft. Todd, Janet and Marilyn ButlerEditors , Pickering, 1989.
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Literary responses Olive Schreiner
The book is a landmark text. In an introduction to an edition of 1968, Doris Lessing (who first read it when she was fourteen) identified it as one of the few rare books ....
Literary responses Anna Letitia Barbauld
Literary admirers of the hymns included Hannah More , Anna Seward , and Elizabeth Carter , who found some passages amazingly sublime.
McCarthy, William. Anna Letitia Barbauld, Voice of the Enlightenment. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
The innumerable children who loved and later remembered them included Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck
Literary responses Stéphanie-Félicité de Genlis
English reviewers, for instance in the Gentleman's Magazine, were ready with their praise.
Dow, Gillian. “The British Reception of Madame de Genlis’s Writings for Children: Plays and Tales of Instruction and Delight”. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, No. 3, pp. 367 - 81.
Jane Austen implied in a letter of 1800 that the first volume of this work had left her mind stored...
Literary responses Jane West
When the fourth volume appeared in 1789, the Critical found it heavy, languid and uninteresting, and judged the serial publication to have been a mistake.
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
68 (1789): 495
Andrew Becket in the Monthly and Mary Wollstonecraft
Literary responses Hester Mulso Chapone
Her brother John wrote of the Praises that resound on all Sides following the publication of this book, though he regretted that reviewers, in praising the moral content, had ignored the literary style.
Myers, Sylvia Harcstark. The Bluestocking Circle: Women, Friendship, and the Life of the Mind in Eighteenth-Century England. Clarendon, 1990.
Recently Sylvia Harcstark Myers
Literary responses Charlotte Lennox
Euphemia was reviewed by Thomas Ogle in the Monthly Review, and in the Critical, the Analytical, and the European Magazine. Ogle was moderately laudatory, the Critical both laudatory and valedictory.
Garside, Peter, James Raven, and Rainer Schöwerling, editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press, 2000.
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Literary responses Stéphanie-Félicité de Genlis
SFG 's importance to the influential Mary Wollstonecraft can be gauged from the way that Wollstonecraft used and built on her writings, recommended them, measured others by their standard, and also did not hesitate to...
Literary responses Jane West
This work had the unusual distinction of earning approving comments from both Austen and Wollstonecraft . The contrasted sisters are generally seen as an important source for Austen 's Sense and Sensibility, and the...
Occupation William Godwin
The imprint M. J. Godwin and Company was launched the following year. The business flourished, becoming almost a literary salon like that of Joseph Johnson : visitors included Germaine de Staël . It remained, however...
Occupation Fanny Holcroft
Lady Mountcashel as a girl had had Mary Wollstonecraft as her governess; Wollstonecraft too had been dismissed from this post, though she had preserved her friendship with her pupil Margaret, later Lady Mountcashel. FH 's...
Occupation John Milton
As to poetry, Paradise Lost was quickly recognised as a classic. In 1674, while it was still a very recent text, Dryden praised it as undoubtedly one of the greatest, most noble, and most sublime...
politics Clara Reeve
CR said that her father was an old Whig, and it appears that her own politics were of the same stamp. She favoured social reforms like improved education for women, and welcomed the early...


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