Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft (wŏŏl´stənkräft, –krăft), 1759–97, English author and feminist, b. London. She was an early proponent of educational equality between men and women, expressing this radical opinion in Thoughts on the Education of Daughters (1786). Her most important book, A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792), was the first great feminist document. She also wrote several novels. In Paris, where she lived with an American, Gilbert Imlay, during much of the French Revolution, she was close to many of the Revolution's leading political figures. After the birth (1794) of a daughter, Fanny, Imlay deserted her, and in 1797 she married William Godwin. She died within days of giving birth to another daughter, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, who married Percy Bysshe Shelley.

See W. Godwin, Memoirs of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (1798); biographies by C. Tomalin (1974), E. Sunstein (1975), J. Lorch (1990), J. Todd (2000), D. Jacobs (2001), and L. Gordon (2005); studies by J. Bouten (1975), M. Poovey (1984), M. Ferguson and J. Todd (1984), A. Meena (1989), S. M. Conger (1994), H. D. Jump, ed. (1994 and 2003); M. J. Falco, ed. (1996), A. Tauchert (2002), and B. Taylor (2003).

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The Cambridge Companion to Mary Wollstonecraft
Claudia L. Johnson.
Cambridge University Press, 2002
Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley: Writing Lives
Helen M. Buss; D. L. Macdonald; Anne McWhir.
Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2001
A Vindication of the Rights of Men; A Vindication of the Rights of Woman; An Historical and Moral View of the French Revolution
Mary Wollstonecraft.
Oxford University Press, 1994
Mary Wollstonecraft and the Motherhood of Feminism
Ford, Thomas H.
Women's Studies Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 3/4, Fall 2009
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A Rediscovered Feminist Vision: Mary Wollstonecraft and Global Education for Girls and Women
Hawley, Trish.
Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table, Summer 2007
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Mary Wollstonecraft's Social and Aesthetic Philosophy: 'An Eve to Please Me'
Saba Bahar.
Palgrave, 2002
English Feminism, 1780-1980
Barbara Caine.
Oxford University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Mary Wollstonecraft and the Origins of Modern Feminism" begins on p. 23
Vindicating Paradoxes: Mary Wollstonecraft's "Woman"
Wilcox, Kirstin R.
Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 48, No. 3, Fall 2009
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Wollstonecraft's Thoughts on Slavery and Corruption
Howard, Carol.
Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Vol. 45, No. 1, Spring 2004
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'Seeing through a Glass Darkly': Wollstonecraft and the Confinements of Eighteenth-Century Femininity
Garner, Naomi Jayne.
Journal of International Women's Studies, Vol. 11, No. 3, November 2009
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Mary Wollstonecraft: Challenges of Race and Class in Feminist Discourse
Maoulidi, Salma.
Women's Studies Quarterly, Vol. 35, No. 3/4, Fall 2007
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Women Writers and the English Nation in the 1790s: Romantic Belongings
Angela Keane.
Cambridge University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Mary Wollstonecraft and the National Body"
Wollstonecraft and World Improvement
Canuel, Mark.
Wordsworth Circle, Vol. 41, No. 3, Summer 2010
The Godwins and the Shelleys: The Biography of a Family
William St Clair.
W. W. Norton, 1989
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 13 "Mary Wollstonecraft"
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