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Her Life a Continuous Experiment

Mary made her life a continuous experiment. Rejected by Fuseli, she left England and followed the French Revolution in the days of terror, like a modern journalist who goes to the front. She embarked on a trip to the Scandinavian countries and found herself with a daughter writing her extraordinary letters of hers from Scandinavia, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. It was these letters that transformed the philosopher William Godwin from admirer into lover of her. The marriage was her last but "fruitful experiment", as Virginia Woolf called it. A life of "experiments" done on his own skin.

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Wollstonecraft's genius

Many critics and historians believe that Wollstonecraft's genius is to be sought in her life. According to another great British feminist, Virginia Woolf, her genius is to be found in the fact that from the very beginning, her life was an experimental life. She was the daughter o...

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Mary in London

We find nineteen-year-old writer Mary walking alone through London at night returning from a literary evening with her editor Joseph Johnson and other members of the radical circle frequented by men like Paine, author of "Human Rights", by

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Marriage as "legalized prostitution"

It was the time when women would never dream of studying botany due to the female sexual references of plants in Darwin's studies, a time when women had no right to make a career, could not have access to their money , they did not possess their own body from a strictly physical point of view, th...

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"A hyena in a bra"

"The Rights of Women" was published in 1792 and gave her immediate fame. She enraged classical and conservative poets like Horace Walpole who called her "a hyena in a bra". She blanched many alleged radicals, both politicians and writers and pundits of a press th...

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A New Biography

A New Biography

A new biography of Mary Wollstonecraft, an English writer of the 18th century, author of a famous treatise on women's rights, wife of the philosopher William Godwin and mother of Mary Shelley, author of the well-known story of Frankenstei...

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"I am a real animal ..."

In her passionate and painful life, the confluence of the Enlightenment in Romanticism became a real bloody battle as evidenced by one of his letters: "I am a real animal and instinctive emotions too often silence the suggestions of reason ... aware that life is just a game, often just a nightmar...

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A "life for three"

Mary placed the "home" at the center of her philosophy, her life and her work were governed by the struggle for women's emancipation. Unfortunately, the fact that everyone was aware that she was dealing with two lovers and that she had offered them a "life for three", that she had an illegitimate...

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An Intellectual Testament

Instead, she argued that marriage was the right balanced fusion between the two sexes, a cornerstone for maintaining relations between the sexes and therefore the foundations of civil society. Despite having written novels, manuals and educational anthologies, the essay on "Women's Rights" is her...

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"Create" a "New Man",

Mary is the portrait of a courageous, irritating, attractive, passionate, instinctive, sometimes brutal woman. Her fame was greatly damaged by the revelations that Godwin himself made when he published some private details in his Memoirs out in the same year as Mary's Memoirs, discrediting her in...

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