Thursday 26th April 2018
Venue: Chawton House
6.30pm drinks reception for 7pm talk.
In Her Mother’s Footsteps: Mary Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft
Professor Charlotte Gordon (Endicott College, Massachusetts)
Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, had a profound influence on her daughter, Mary Shelley. Unfortunately, this influence is often overlooked as Wollstonecraft died ten days after giving birth to Shelley. But the story of mother and daughter needs to be told. Wollstonecraft’s example sparked Shelley’s determination to create a masterpiece in her own right. To both mother and daughter, freedom was what mattered most. It was the key that would unlock the gates of change. In this talk, award-winning author Charlotte Gordon draws on material from her latest book, Romantic Outlaws, to reintroduce this important mother-daughter relationship.
Charlotte Gordon’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, among other publications. Her latest book, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley (Random House, 2015) won the National Book Critics Circle award. She has also published Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Story of America’s First Poet (Little, Brown, 2005) and The Woman Who Named God: Abraham’s Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths (Little, Brown, 2009). A Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Endicott College, Charlotte received her A.B. from Harvard College and her Ph.D. from Boston University. You can find out more here: www.charlottegordonbooks.com. A limited number of signed copies of Romantic Outlaws will be available after the talk.
Tickets: £12; Students/Friends £9
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