Mary; Maria; Matilda by Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary; Maria; Matilda

byMary Wollstonecraft, Mary ShelleyEditorJanet Todd

Paperback | May 4, 1993

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These three works of fiction - two by Mary Wollstonecraft, the radical author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and one by her daughter Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein - are powerfully emotive stories that combine passion with forceful feminist argument. In Mary Wollstonecraft's Mary, the heroine flees her young husband in order to nurse her dearest friend, Ann, and finds genuine love, while Maria tells of a desperate young woman who seeks consolation in the arms of another man after the loss of her child. And Mary Shelley's Matilda - suppressed for over a century - tells the story of a woman alienated from society by the incestuous passion of her father. Humane, compassionate and highly controversial, these stories demonstrate the strongly original genius of their authors.

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Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-97) was an educational, political and feminist writer who early in her life worked as a companion, teacher and governess. In 1788 she settled in London as a translator and reader for the publisher Joseph Johnson, becoming part of the radical set that included Paine, Blake, Godwin and the painter Fuseli. Her gr...
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Title:Mary; Maria; MatildaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.8 × 5.11 × 0.62 inPublished:May 4, 1993Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140433716

ISBN - 13:9780140433715

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Editor Janet Todd presents three remarkable novels from an influential pair of female writers: radical feminist and A Vindication of the Rights of Woman author, Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter, Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. In this Penguin Classic, Wollstonecraft’s Mary examines an alienated intellectual woman’s situation, following her struggle to escape a constrained, claustrophobic feminine world. Posthumously published Maria continues her Vindication arguments in narrative form. Written while in mourning for her first son, Shelley’s Matilda was suppressed for more than a century because William Godwin found its father-daughter incest repugnant and refused to publish it.