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Mary Wollstonecraft Books

Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792)

This is Wollstonecraft's masterwork. Though some male critics called her nasty names after its publication - "hyena in petticoats"_CITATION37_ comes to mind - astute readers realized that she was calling out her fellow women more than men. She knew they were capable of more than 18th century gender roles allowed them. Girls, rise up!

Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary, A Fiction (1788)

This is Wollstonecraft's first novel. It rails against class and gender biases in 18th century England. Wollstonecraft was inspired by her experiences as a governess and companion to an elderly woman - both jobs she hated.

Lyndall Gordon, Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft (2005)

Gordon's acclaimed biography brings the pioneering feminist to life. You couldn't make up a better character than Mary Wollstonecraft - a passionate, world-traveling iconoclast who hobnobbed with some of the 18th century's most intriguing figures. Gordon's a great writer and really makes the story pop.

Diane Jacobs, Her Own Woman: The Life of Mary Wollstonecraft (2001)

Jacobs is a huge Wollstonecraft fan. Her book is a warm and intimate portrait of the writer. It looks at the dual nature of Wollstonecraft's personality - her fierce independence as a writer and feminist, alongside her suffocating, sometimes needy relationships with the people she loved.

Janet Todd, Mary Wollstonecraft: A Revolutionary Life (2002)

This Wollstonecraft biography looks at her life by examining her letters. Wollstonecraft was a prolific letter writer and always demanded her letters back when a relationship ended. Sometimes that works against her - if everyone read all your emails (particularly the ones you wrote during breakups) you'd probably come off as a little crazy too.

Claudia L. Johnson, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Mary Wollstonecraft (2002)

This is an invaluable guide for the Wollstonecraft student. Essays by Wollstonecraft scholars help explain her relevance and important contextual information to her works. There is also an insightful biography and timeline of Wollstonecraft's life.

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