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Romantic outlaws, the extraordinary lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley, Charlotte Gordon

Label
Romantic outlaws, the extraordinary lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley, Charlotte Gordon
Language
eng
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 609-623) and index
resource.biographical
collective biography
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Romantic outlaws
Nature of contents
bibliography
Oclc number
882738700
Responsibility statement
Charlotte Gordon
Sub title
the extraordinary lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley
Summary
"Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) and her daughter Mary Shelley (1797-1851) have each been the subject of numerous biographies by top tier writers, yet no author has ever examined their lives in tandem. Perhaps this is because these two amazing women never knew each other--Wollstonecraft died of infection at the age of 38, a week after giving birth to her daughter. Nevertheless their lives were closely intertwined, their choices, dreams and tragedies so eerily similar, it seems impossible to consider one without the other: both became famous writers; both fell in love with brilliant but impossible authors; both were single mothers and had children out of wedlock (a shocking and self-destructive act in their day); both broke out of the rigid conventions of their era and lived in exile; and both played important roles in the Romantic era during which they lived. The lives of both Marys were nothing less than extraordinary, providing fabulous material for Charlotte Gordon, a gifted story teller. She seamlessly weaves their lives together in back and forth narratives, taking readers on a vivid journey across Revolutionary France and Victorian England, from the Italian seaports to the highlands of Scotland, in a book that reads like a richly textured historical novel"--, Provided by publisher
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