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Overview

William Godwin's memoir of his wife, Mary Wollstonecraft, marks a transition in Godwin's philosophical development from extreme rationalism to the recognition of the moral importance of feeling and sympathy which was to energize his later writings. Memoirs also belongs to a tradition of biographical writing that sought to transform the consciousness of readers by using individual history as an agent of historical change. Written during the weeks following Wollstonecraft's early death, Memoirs provides an interpretation of the relations between Wollstonecraft's writings and her personal history, a candid account of her various relationships, and a vindication of her egalitarian intimacy with Godwin. This modern, scholarly edition, geared for student use, includes a wide range of primary sources, together with excerpts from Godwin's other writings and from biographical models.

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Editorial Reviews

Betty T. Bennett
"William Godwin's 1798 Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman reflects Wollstonecraft's and Godwin's agendas for societal progress as well as the story of an era. Unfortunately, Godwin's candid narrative of Wollstonecraft's passions—for men, for women's rights, for political reform—fueled attacks by enemies and embarrassment in friends. As a result, this significant historical and literary work has been relatively unavailable since its initial publication. Clemit's and Walker's excellent introduction, full annotations and appendices of contextual materials detail the book's history, and situate it in terms of literature, feminism, politics, biography and publishing history, making this new edition of Memoirs especially welcome."
Wil Verhoeven University of Groningen
"Pamela Clemit is a renowned Godwin scholar, and she and co-editor Gina Luria Walker significantly redirect attention from the Memoirs as a perversely prejudicial document in the reception of Wollstonecraft's work to a central document within Godwin's oeuvre and a key text for redefining notions of Romantic historiography."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551112596
  • Publisher: Broadview Press
  • Publication date: 2/12/2001
  • Series: Broadview Literary Texts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Clemit is Reader in English Studies at the University of Durham. She is the author of The Godwinian Novel (Clarendon Press, 1993), and has edited numerous editions of Godwin's and Mary Shelley's literary writings. Gina Luria Walker is Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at The New School. She has written widely on women and Romantic literature.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
William Godwin: A Brief Chronology
Note on the Text
Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Appendix A: Biographical Models
1. From Rousseau's The Confessions
2. From Boswell's Life of Johnson
3. From Madame Roland's An Appeal to Impartial Posterity
Appendix B: Works by Godwin
1. From An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice
2. From The Enquirer
3. From "Essay of History and Romance"
Appendix C: Letters
1. From Wollstonecraft, Letters to Imlay
2. From Godwin & Wollstonecraft: Letters of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft
3. Letters Transcribed from Manuscript
Appendix D: Reactions
1. Contemporary Reviews
1. From the Analytical Review 27 (March 1798)
2. From the Anti-Jacobin Review 1 (July 1798)
3. From the Monthly Review 27 (Nov. 1798)
4. From the New Annual Register for 1798 (1799)
5. From the Lady's Monitor 1, No. 17 (2 Dec. 1801)
2. Other Responses
1. From Anna Seward, Letters of Anna Seward
2. From [Richard Polwhele], The Unsex'd Females
3. From [Mary Hays], "Memoirs of Mary Wollstonecraft," Annual Necrology for 1797-1798
4. From [John Fenwick], "Mr. Godwin," Public Characters of 1799-1800
5. From [C. Kirkpatrick Sharpe], "The Vision of Liberty"
6. Anon., "Ode to the Memory of Mary Wollstonecraft"
7. From Amelia Opie, Adeline Mowbray
8. From Virginia Woolf, "Four Figures," The Common Reader, 2nd Series
9. John Whale, "Elegy: for Mary Wollstonecraft"
Appendix E: Variants in the Second Edition
Select Bibliography

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