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This is William Godwin's biographical account of his wife, Mary Wollstonecraft. She was a notable British writer, philosopher, and advocate for women's rights, best known for her work A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. On August 30, 1797, Wollstonecraft gave birth to her second child, the first with Godwin. Tragically, a mere eleven days later, she succumbed to complications and passed away. Despite their brief time together, Godwin was left devastated by her loss. In a departure from the norms of the late 18th century British society, Godwin boldly presents facets of Wollstonecraft's life that would have been deemed scandalous or distasteful at that time. This includes her intimate bond with another woman, her romantic involvements, her out-of-wedlock child, her struggles with suicidal thoughts, and the painful circumstances of her demise. The book's candor was met with considerable critique, prompting Godwin to undertake revisions for a second edition released in the same year, August. His willingness to reveal such details was met with mixed reactions, particularly from those individuals he named, including Wollstonecraft's own sisters.
This book has 24,785 words, 42 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1798.
Production notes: This ebook of Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication Of The Rights Of Woman was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 3rd August 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Mary Wollstonecraft' by John Opie.
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