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Her own woman : the life of Mary Wollstonecraft

Author: Diane Jacobs
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Pioneering eighteenth-century feminist Mary Wollstonecraft lived a life as radical as her vision of a fairer world. She overcame great disadvantages - poverty (her abusive, sybaritic father squandered the family fortune), a frivolous education, and the stigma of being unmarried in a man's world." "Her life changed when Thomas Paine's publisher, Joseph Johnson, determined to make her a writer. Wollstonecraft's great  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Jacobs, Diane.
Her own woman.
New York : Simon & Schuster, c2001
(OCoLC)606560434
Named Person: Mary Wollstonecraft; Mary Wollstonecraft
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Diane Jacobs
ISBN: 068481093X 9780684810935
OCLC Number: 45505968
Description: 333 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Diane Jacobs.
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"Pioneering eighteenth-century feminist Mary Wollstonecraft lived a life as radical as her vision of a fairer world. She overcame great disadvantages - poverty (her abusive, sybaritic father squandered the family fortune), a frivolous education, and the stigma of being unmarried in a man's world." "Her life changed when Thomas Paine's publisher, Joseph Johnson, determined to make her a writer. Wollstonecraft's great feminist document, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, which brought her fame throughout Europe, insisted that women reap all the new liberties men were celebrating since the fall of the Bastille in France." "This biography of Mary Wollstonecraft gives a balanced, thorough, freshly sympathetic view. Diane Jacobs also continues Wollstonecraft's story by concluding with those of her daughters. Her Own Woman is distinguished by the author's use of new first sources, among which are Joseph Johnson's letters, discovered by an heir in the late 1990s, and rare letters referring to Wollstonecraft's lover Gilbert Imlay. Jacobs has written an absorbing narrative that is essential to understanding Mary Wollstonecraft's life and the importance it has had on women throughout history."--BOOK JACKET.

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Stacy Schiff author of "Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov)"Mary Wollstonecraft's courage continues to dazzle. Diane Jacobs showcases it beautifully in this lucid and absorbing biography.

 
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