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Love and Fury

A Novel of Mary Wollstonecraft

by Samantha Silva

Love and Fury by Samantha Silva X
Love and Fury by Samantha Silva
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    May 2021, 288 pages
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    May 31, 2022, 288 pages

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The Legacy of Mary Wollstonecraft

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Mary Wollstonecraft, circa 1970-71 Although the word "feminist" did not enter popular political discourse until over a century after her death, the published works of Mary Wollstonecraft show her to be one of the world's pioneering feminist writers. As Love and Fury explores in some detail, the events of Wollstonecraft's life were crucial in cementing her ideologies and philosophies concerning the roles and education of women. Her earliest gestures in defense of women included protecting her mother from her father's abuse and convincing her sister to leave her husband. However, the legacy of Wollstonecraft has been a rocky one. For a hundred years, society looked back on her life with harshness and skepticism, due in part to how she was portrayed by her spouse, William Godwin.

After Wollstonecraft's death, Godwin wrote Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. This book reveals, with frankness and clarity, the most intimate details of his wife's life, including her love affairs, suicide ...

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