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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; 3Rev Ed edition (28 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141441259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141441252
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.5 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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"She is alive and active--we hear her voice and trace her influence even now."

"We hear [Mary Wollstonecraft's] voice and trace her influence even now among the living."

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In this passionate reaction to Rousseau's pedagogical work Emile (1762) Wollstonecraft powerfully defends woman's ability to reason, given appropriate education. Her radical prescription was for girls to be educated alongside boys and to the same standard. Originally published in 1792, this is a foundational work of feminist political thought. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This might be a frightening generalisation, but the majority of people reading this book are probably doing so in the confines of a formal education course. If you're a woman and the following statement is true Mary Wollstonecraft would be delighted. This book is a complex philosophical argument for the emancipation and education of women. The language of the book, as with most late eighteenth century text is wordy and therefore it's going to be slow read, to understand and evaluate Wollstonecraft's arguments. However, the arguments she makes are skilful and still with relevance today.
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Mary Wollstoncraft is pretty well spot on with her observations of men and women as they were in Regency times. If she were to come back today she would be amazed at the progress that has been made in women's rights, yet in some ways things have not changed. Men have not changed. Mary Wollstoncraft was wrong in thinking that men could be changed. There is still the glass ceiling. There are still women who actually want to be dependent on men and seem to enjoy pleasing men, and that was certainly the lot for most women right up to the Second World War.

Her ideas for education would seem to have been largely taken up; the various education acts have seen to that.

The book as a whole is not terribly well structured and some of her sentences have a strange structure (even allowing for the Georgian period English), so you may find you have to read some sentences over again to grasp her meaning.

Jane Austen may have read this book, because contained therein are those immortal words "a good reputation once lost is lost for ever", as in Pride and prejudice. Serious students of Jane Austen need to read this book in conjunction with Fordyce's Sermons to Young Women to gain a full appreciation of the attitudes of the time.
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I would expect a reputable publisher like Penguin to make it clear that what they are offering with this "great ideas" collection is *abridged* versions of the books. Get the Dover Thrift edition instead!
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For anyone into philosophy, this is a definate read. A product of the Age of Reason, Mary Wollstonecraft applies reason to why women should be educated equally with men so both may benefit from virtue. Very intriguing even for a man. Read it.
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This is not an easy read. The writing is often dated, referencing people and events that I'd never heard of but that the author assumes are familiar, the footnotes help some. The language itself is frequently confusing, M. Wollstonecraft can write straightforwardly on one topic, then on the next she will get carried away by flowery imagery and passionate but annoying rhetoric. Her use of irony (if that's what it is when she writes from the perspective of her contemporary detractors) is also confusing and sometimes ill judged. However the book has been introduced as a quickly written draft that M.W. was going to polish at some stage before her untimely death. The value and quality of the arguments themselves shine through, at the time of the books publishing women had no rights, no voice, and this book is fascinating in its perception and hope. Reading it now and hearing her hope that at some distant 'future' children may be educated for free by the government, that boys and girls may go to school together, that there might be a uniform! is proof of how different the world was in 1790, and how amazing M. Wollstonecraft was. Well worth the read.
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Indeed this is a great book, and Mary Wollstonecraft must have been a truly extraordinary personality. In terms of style, I must say that I have already read more beautiful English, and also her main argument about women, that they would change their character, if they were liberated and educated, has, I believe, been refuted during the last 220 years, as women are still no more and no less frivolous and cunning today as in Wollstonecraft's time. Nevertheless, her observations about mankind generally, such as her analysis on how to acquire virtue, make her book an invaluable reading experience. I love her literary voice, and she says many things that should really be considered even, and perhaps particularly, today.
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After watching a BBC program about her I decided to read one of her books. It is a slower read than normal and time is needed to understand her concepts which were way above her time. Would love to have met her
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This edition is missing the first chapter “The rights and involved duties of mankind considered”. If you are interested in Wollstonecraft Cambridge has published a great edition in 1995 edited by Sylvana Tomaselli witch also includes a very useful introduction, index, timeline, bibliographical note as well as to other Wollstonecraft texts.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0521436338/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_1
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