(1759-1851) British writer. Mary Wollstonecraft wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and other works. She attempted suicide on multiple occasions, but finally died when she gave birth to her daughter, Mary, who would become Mary Shelley.
Wollstonecraft's Maria; or The Wrongs of Womanby Mary Wollstonecraft
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Wollstonecraft's philosophical and gothic novel revolves around the story of a woman imprisoned in an insane asylum by her husband. It focuses on the societal rather than the individual "wrongs of woman" and criticizes what Wollstonecraft viewed as the patriarchal institution of marriage in eighteenth-century Britain and the legal system that protected it. However, the heroine's inability to relinquish her romantic fantasies also reveals women's collusion in their oppression through false and damaging sentimentalism. The novel pioneered the celebration of female sexuality and cross-class identification between women. Such themes, coupled with the publication of Godwin's scandalous Memoirs of Wollstonecraft's life, made the novel unpopular at the time it was published. -Wikipedia.com
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