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The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft [Paperback]

Claire Tomalin
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21 Jun 2012

The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft is the acclaimed bestselling biography by Claire Tomalin

Winner of the Whitbread First Book Prize

Witty, courageous and unconventional, Mary Wollstonecraft was one of the most controversial figures of her day. She published A Vindication of the Rights of Women; travelled to revolutionary France and lived through the Terror and the destruction of the incipient French feminist movement; produced an illegitimate daughter; and married William Godwin before dying in childbed at the age of thirty-eight. Often embattled and bitterly disappointed, she never gave up her radical ideas or her belief that courage and honesty would triumph over convention.

'Tomalin is a most intelligent and sympathetic biographer, aware of her impetuous subject's many failings, yet with the perception to present her greatness fairly. She writes well and wittily' Daily Telegraph

'A vivid evocation not only of what Mary went through but also of how women lived in the second part of the eighteenth century. Most of all, however, Tomalin makes Mary Wollstonecraft unforgettable' Evening Standard

From the acclaimed author of Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self, Charles Dickens: A Life and The Invisible Woman, this celebrated biography is the definitive account of Mary Wollstonecraft's life.

Claire Tomalin is the award-winning author of eight highly acclaimed biographies, including: The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft; Shelley and His World; Katherine Mansfield: A Secret Life; The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens; Mrs Jordan's Profession; Jane Austen: A Life; Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self; Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man and, most recently, Charles Dickens: A Life. A former literary editor of the New Statesman and the Sunday Times, she is married to the playwright and novelist Michael Frayn.


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (21 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241963311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241963319
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Claire Tomalin has been the literary editor of the New Statesman and the Sunday Times. She has written seven highly acclaimed literary biographies including Samuel Pepys which was Whitbread Book of the Year and the international bestseller Charles Dickens. She is married to the playwright and novelist Michael Frayn.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 Jun 2014
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This excellent biography is a fascinating portrait of an interesting woman in an interesting period of history. I didn’t find Mary particularly appealing to begin with (I am not a feminist), though had some sympathy for her as she had a not especially happy childhood/youth. However, I grew to like her more as the biography progressed and certainly she was well in advance of her time in the rights she desired for women – well-justified desires. Nowadays her life would raise no censure – indeed, probably approbation. On the whole I don’t suppose she set out to be ‘immoral’ as such, it was just how her life turned out. It is because of such women that women have political and civil rights now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend 14 May 2013
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Great book! Claire Tomalin writes very clearly so the book is easy to read. An interesting biography of Mary Wollstonecraft.
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