A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
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Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
Book DescriptionFirst published in 1792, this book was written in a spirit of outrage and enthusiasm. In an age of ferment, following the American and French revolutions, Mary Wollstonecraft took prevailing egalitarian principles and dared to apply them to women. Her book is both a sustained argument for emancipation and an attack on a social and economic system. As Barbara Taylor points out in her introduction, subsequent feminists tended to lose sight of her radical objectives. For Mary Wollstonecraft all aspects of women's existence were interrelated, and any effective reform depended on the redistribution of political and economic power.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781857150865
(211mm x 132mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Everyman's Library
Publish Date: 4-Jun-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mary Wollstonecraft
Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Vintage Feminism Short Edition), Paperback (March 2015)
Argues for the education of women and for an increased female contribution to society. This work made the first ripples of what would later become the tidal wave of the women's rights movement. Rationalist but revolutionary, it changed the world for women.
Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Paperback (March 2015)
A treatise of proto-feminism, that was written before the concept of equality between the sexes was even conceived. It argues for the rational education of women and for an increased female contribution to society.
Thoughts on the Education of Daughters, Paperback (April 2013)
First published in 1787, this book provocatively challenged eighteenth-century attitudes towards women, and paved the way for modern feminist thinking.
Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, Paperback (March 2013)» View all books by Mary Wollstonecraft
"The appendices alone provide material for an entire course, linking [the text] to literary, philosophical, sentimental, and feminist concerns. An unparalleled achievement for Wollstonecraft scholarship." -- Mary Favret, Indiana University, Bloomington
UK Kirkus Review » The first great feminist manifesto, a work that remains relevant, even modern. It puts forward the argument that women of all classes were as oppressed as the industrial proletariat. No understanding of modern feminism is possible without a knowledge of this seminal work. Mary Wollstonecraft's was (by the way) the mother of Mary Shelley, the creator of Frankenstein. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Mary Wollstonecraft
Mary Wollstonecraft was born in 1759 in Spitalfields, London. After an unsettled childhood, she opened a school following which, her first work, Thoughts on the Education of Daughters, was published in 1787. After a stint as governess in Ireland, she continued to write and published several other works including Mary (1788), A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790) and her most famous, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792). That year she travelled to Paris where she met Gilbert Imlay, by whom she had a daughter, Fanny. Her travels around Scandinavia with her baby daughter in 1795, inspired her travel book Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, but on returning to London Imlay's neglect drove her to two suicide attempts. In 1797 she married William Godwin, and had a daughter, the future Mary Shelley. Wollstonecraft died of septicaemia shortly after the birth.
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