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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Revised edition edition (26 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199538905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199538904
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Wollstonecraft was a British author, philosopher, and advocate of women s rights. Raised by an abusive and neglectful father, Wollstonecraft was determined to have her own livelihood, and worked as a teacher and governess before becoming a translator and advisor for Joseph Johnson, a publisher of radical texts, in 1788. It was during this time that she wrote her most famous work, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, in which she argued against the idea that women are helpless and inferior to men, which was followed by Maria, or the Wrongs of Woman, which asserted that women had strong sexual desires.

Wollstonecraft passed away tragically in 1797, ten days after the birth of her second daughter, Mary, who would go on to write the literary classic Frankenstein. The life and death of Mary Wollstonecraft has been the subject of many biographies, including one written by her husband, Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman, published in 1798.

Gary F. Kelly has been a sexuality educator for 35 years, publishing several popular books in the field. After a 30-year career as a Counselor and Vice President for Student Affairs at Clarkson University, and as Headmaster of The Clarkson School, he retired from administrative work to devote more time to writing, teaching, and counseling. He continues to teach the undergraduate courses in human sexuality and psychoactive substances in the Psychology Department at Clarkson University.

Kelly was an innovator in developing graduate training in human sexuality for counselors, and taught graduate courses in the counseling and human development program at St. Lawrence University for over 20 years. He maintains a practice as a licensed mental health counselor.

As a person who strongly believes that young people must have solid basic information about sex and their own sexuality to make rational and responsible decisions, Kelly presents here a balanced approach to the physical as well as the psychological and sociological aspects of human sexuality. His work with students received national recognition with his election to the board of directors of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).

Kelly served for 8 years as the editor of the "Journal of Sex Education and Therapy", and presently serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the "American Journal of Sexuality Education". He is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists and of the Society for the Scientific Study of Human Sexuality. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Sexology and a clinical fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists. He believes that his work with people in teaching, counseling, and therapy over the years has enlarged his personal and professional perspective on how people integrate their sexuality into their lives. The real people stories and real student voices in the book reflect that perspective.

Gary F. Kelly is available as a consultant and speaker in the field of human sexuality and sexuality education. For further information, e-mail gary.kelly@clarkson.edu or call (315) 265-2772. .


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This short "fiction" closely mirrors Wollstonecraft's early life. Dealing with her imperfect upbringing and parents' unhappy marriage. It also raises the contemporary issue of an independent woman.

I found the prose dull and laborious, however as an important feminist text it was immensely interesting.

I would only recommend this to someone reading for knowledge rather than enjoyment as I personally received little from the process of reading this book.
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Mary and The Wrongs of Woman (also known as Maria)were written by Mary Wollstonecraft at distant points in her career and thus demonstrate the progression of her thinking. These are Wollstonecraft's only novels and are concerned with the woman's treatment and position in society during the last decade of the 18th Century. It is generally understood that Wollstonecraft's novels were stagings of her politics which served to depict her arguments regarding the rights of woman for a female readership. 'Mary' is about a young girl's life after the death of her mother and her marriage to a young man for the purpose of saving her father's estate. It is often considered as a partial autobiography as the friendship depicted in the book has many parallels with Wollstonecraft's childhood friendship with a Fanny Blood. Written early in her career when Wollstonecraft admired the work of Rousseau, 'Mary' is written in the style of a sentimental novel. 'The Wrongs of Woman' was written much later in her career and was in fact published, incomplete, after her death. It is in the style of a gothic novel and tells the story of a young mother imprisoned in a mad house after she tries to separate from her adulterous, gambling husband.
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By Luc REYNAERT TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Nov. 2005
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The story of 'Mary' is all about moods.
Being badly treated by her husband, Mary flees in the arms of her friend Ann. After Ann's death, Mary meets another friend, Henry, who also dies. In a new confrontation with her husband, Mary longs for Heaven, 'a world where there is neither marrying, nor giving in marriage.'
The overall sentiment in this book is 'pity mistaken for love'.
Although Mary promises herself to 'do anything rather than be a slave', her attitude to life is resignation: 'I cannot argue against instincts.' 'Happiness was not to be founded on earth, for life is a dream, a frightful one.'
Against the sorry state of the majority of the English population (hunger, want of education, poverty, misery and dirt) or the hypocrisy of religion ('Many prayers may fall from the lips without purifying the heart'), her only reaction is melancholy: 'I have been wounded by ingratitude.'
There is also an undertone of fear of sexuality and pregnancies: 'love leads to madness.'
Mary is a victim of life. She doesn't live. She is lived.
This story is certainly not one of the highlights of English literature. Its plot is poor and it doesn't have the biting aggression of Mary Wollstonecraft's other story 'Maria'.
But it is still a worth-while read.
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