Mary Wollstonecraft – A Vindication of the Rights of Woman/Men


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In this famous text, Wollstonecraft argues that both men and women should be treated as rational beings and imagines a social order founded on reason.

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Wollstonecraft’s famous text, a first edition of which resides in the Chawton House library collection.

This volume brings together extracts of the major political writings of Mary Wollstonecraft in the order in which they appeared in the revolutionary 1790s. It traces her passionate and indignant response to the excitement of the early days of the French Revolution and then her uneasiness at its later bloody phase. It reveals her developing understanding of women’s involvement in the political and social life of the nation and her growing awareness of the relationship between politics and economics and between political institutions and the individual.

In personal terms, the works show her struggling with a belief in the perfectibility of human nature through rational education, a doctrine that became weaker under the onslaught of her own miserable experience and the revolutionary massacres.

Janet Todd’s introduction illuminates the progress of Wollstonecraft’s thought, showing that a reading of all three works allows her to emerge as a more substantial political writer than a study of The Rights of Woman alone can reveal.

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Weight 350 g
Dimensions 197 × 128 × 20 mm

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