Top critical review
Great book, shame about the edition....
27 March 2013
This is an excellent and moving account of a woman taking on the dominant, restricting forces in British society at the end of the 18th Century. Her political dissent is comprehensive, from party politics to the education of daughters. Wollstonecraft was both intellectually and emotionally driven, and this bio catches both the acuteness of her thinking and the irascibility of her temper. Parallels with the contemporary situation of women and the recurrent dismissal of feminist politics are unequivocally implied by this account of Wollstonecraft's personal and political struggles. Details of who was where in France at the time of the French Revolution were difficult for this reader to follow, but the later sections about Wollstonecraft's death and the subsequent betrayals of her ideas by friends and acquaintances is by turns moving and maddening.
Get the book, but not this edition, which is so shabby. You can't tell where some quotations begin and end, some are in French and some are not translated, it's difficult to access footnotes with my kindle, and the illustrations are dreary monochrome. There are the usual glitches in line spacing and oddly laid out words that I associate with Kindle versions. As a book it is tremendous; as a 'product' it's awful and off-putting.